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Quad Cities duo charged with meth trafficking

GALESBURG — A Quad Cities duo is charged with meth trafficking in Knox County. Kyle J.G. Hostens, 27, Bettendorf, Iowa, and Brianna F. Martinez, 33, East Moline, made video court appearances on meth charges Tuesday afternoon.


156 East open after minor fire

GALESBURG — 156 East Bar & Grill is open today after a small fire near a rear door to a basement area Tuesday night briefly closed the business. “I had left for the night and my assistant manager called me and told me it was getting smoky in the back,” 156 manager Inba Ayala said Wednesday morning.


Sugar High’s ‘Talking With’ covers a range of emotions

GALESBURG — “The best among us have had so many imprints left upon them … and these people pass their time interpreting their signs, and those moments of sharing are the best of life.” Alternatively funny, sad, bizarre, uplifting and frightening, the play “Talking With” by Jane Martin is just like l


Resident wants Galesburg to make Election Day a City Holiday

A Galesburg citizen came to the City Council meeting Monday night to ask Aldermen to make Election Day an official city holiday and got some backing from a council member. Community activist Jerry Ryberg in the time allotted for public comments asked council to consider the new holiday for city work


KGS brings ‘Stars Over Paris’ in musical form

GALESBURG — The Knox-Galesburg Symphony will perform its second Masterworks concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St., Galesburg.


Illinois small business cuts 6 jobs immediately after $15 minimum wage hike

A vinyl graphics business in southwestern Illinois wasn’t planning to downsize. But the state’s $15 minimum wage hike has forced the owners to cut six jobs. Shane Moore and Tracy Ross tripled their business after buying a local vinyl wrap and graphics shop and rebranding it Fenix 5ive in Wood River,


Illinois State Trooper injured after squad car is struck by semi on I-39 during traffic stop

OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WTVO) - An Illinois State Trooper was taken to the hospital after his squad car was hit by a semi truck Monday night. The trooper pulled over a car on I-39 last night in Ogle County and was sitting in the squad when officials say a semi, which had tried to move into the left lane,


Tom Loewy: A holiday for civic involvement

Jerry Ryberg isn’t afraid of being unpopular. He isn’t worried if people laugh at him. “I would like to get people thinking about Election Day, about voting, and about how they can get involved in voting and paying attention to local issues,” Ryberg said after he made a public comment during Monday’


Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo surfaces on central Illinois campus

URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois yearbook photo of 22 men, over the title Ku Klux Klan just recently surfaced and though the photograph was taken nearly 100 years ago, it sparked an enormous response online.


Flames engulf home in Walnut, Illinois

WALNUT, Illinois — Fire fighters battled a house fully engulfed in flames on Feb. 20. A viewer sent News 8 photos of the fire. She said it happened on Whitver Street and started around 2:30 a.m.


Knox County Nursing Home in need of upgrades

GALESBURG — Knox County Nursing Home could be in line for substantial work in the coming years. Cody Basham, architect at Klingner & Associates, the county's contracted architectural firm, gave a presentation Monday night on the KCNH's building evaluation at the Knox County Board's committee that ov


Walden resigns as Knox College coach

GALESBURG — Knox College announced Tuesday that Kevin Walden has resigned his position as head men's basketball coach effective immediately. "We wish Kevin the best of luck in his future endeavors," said Director of Athletics Daniella Irle. "He has served his alma mater faithfully for over a decade.


Police: Man may be linked to thefts at Walmart stores in Westfield, Illinois

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Westfield police are looking for a man suspected of targeting Walmart stores in Indiana and Illinois. According to the Westfield Police Department, the man stole about $900 in electronics and other merchandise at the Westfield Walmart, 2001 E. 151st St., on Feb. 3.

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Illinois lawmaker puts the brakes on mileage tax proposal

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would test a mileage tax for vehicles driving on state roads has been tabled, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Chicago Democrat Marcus Evans last week filed House Bill 2864, establishing a pilot program for a 2.1-cent tax on every mile a vehicle is driven on state roads.


Family remembering and mourning the loss of a father and daughter who just turned 3-years-old

Galesburg, Illinois - Finding memories of joy in the depths of sadness. That's what a Galesburg family is facing after losing two members in a house fire last week, Feb. 13. They're speaking with Local 4 News in an exclusive interview.


Gov. Pritzker Says Illinois Needs Gun Reform

CHICAGO (CBS)–Since CBS 2 revealed Monday that shooter Gary Martin’s FOID card was revoked, it’s a wonder why he was still in possession of a gun. Aurora police say they could find no record that Illinois State Police notified them about it.


Ohio man sentenced for sexual activity with minors in Illinois, Iowa and other states

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - An Ohio man is behind bars after being sentenced for sex crimes involving minor girls in multiple states including Iowa and Illinois. Moline police commended the department's Computer Forensic detectives who helped on the case.


Pulling Illinois out of a financial mess

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor J.B. Pritzker, D-Illinois, will deliver his first State of the Budget Address at 12 p.m. Wednesday. Pritzker is inheriting a financial mess that spans over several years. Currently, Illinois’ deficit sits at $3.2 billion.


Culver’s aims for April 8 opening

GALESBURG — It’s been a grueling winter in Galesburg, but spring will bring a welcome sight to North Henderson Street: a brand-new Culver’s Restaurant on Monday, April 8.


Spinks builds on Habitat success

GALESBURG — Tonya Spinks, Habitat for Humanity of Knox County's new executive director, hopes that in time she can bring Galesburg back to the way she remembers it. “I noticed a lot of abandoned houses throughout Galesburg. It’s not the same as when I was growing up,” said Spinks, a Galesburg native