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Published in The Burg July 15, 2021

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Monday July 19 through Wednesday July 21 Regional Office of Education 33 in partnership with United Way of Knox County and NAACP Galesburg is bringing the Mobile Museum of Tolerance to Galesburg. The Mobile Museum of Tolerance will be at the Northwoods Parking Lot. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. prescheduled groups. 4:30 to 7 p.m. open to the community. The highly visible Mobile Museum of Tolerance for Illinois is an impactful, on the go, self-contained mobile classroom; designed to inspire and empower people to raise their voices and take action against hate and intolerance. To preschedule a group email

United States of America

The new child tax credit starts July 15. Parents with at least one child under the age of 18 who make less than $75,000 (filing alone), $150,000 (filing jointly), or $112,500 (head of the household filers) will receive $300 per child under age 6 and $250 per child ages 6 to 17 on July 15, August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15. Unless a new law is put into effect payments will end at the end of 2021.

State of Illinois

July 8 the Illinois Lottery picked the first $1 million winner for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as, three winners of a $150,000 college scholarship. The winners reside in Chicago, DeKalb, and Cook County. Drawings will continue throughout the summer. The drawings will consist of two $1 million jackpots and 40 $100,000 jackpots. Three winners of $100,000 cash prizes will be chosen every Monday between July 12 and August 16 from a statewide pool. On August 12, 22 winners from regional drawings will be picked (two from each region). Two $1 million cash prizes will be drawn August 26. All Illinois residents who have been vaccinated are automatically entered to win. The prize money will be paid from federal grants Illinois has received to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxes will automatically be deducted from the winnings.

Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles

In anticipation of the hot summer months Jesse White extended expired driver’s licenses and ID cards to January 1, 2022.

Knox County Health Department

Hot weather can cause heat-related illness which ranges in severity from relatively mild heat cramps to life threatening heat stroke. Quick tips for avoiding heat related illness:

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. “Plenty of fluids” means at least 1.5 to 2 quarts of fluids daily.

Seek out the nearest facility that is air conditioned, such as a designated cooling center. Even short periods of time in a cool environment will lessen the risk of heat injury.

Offer pets extra water and place the water dish in a shaded area, if outdoors.

Galesburg School District 205

CUSD 205 approved the contract to purchase the Northwoods Church property for $1.3 million. They plan on closing on the property by the end of the month. The district plans to move Bright Futures pre-school to this location which will require renovation of the interior and a playground area added outside.

Rotary Club of Galesburg Names Clarendon Van Norman Award Recipient

Congratulations to Shirley Chu for being chosen by the Rotary Club of Galesburg as this year’s recipient of the Clarendon Van Norman Award. Thank you for the community service you have contributed to the Galesburg Community through your free meal program at Tres Cafe.

Galesburg Public Library

Congratulations to this year’s summer reading program grand prize winners!

Adults: Megan S., Hannah D., Gayle K., Jensen R., Stephanie C., and Madeline W.

Teens: Sophie E., Hahlay E., Kyleigh R., Jay M., Camellia S., Sofie J-R, and Brigid L.

Kids: Josie M., Bryleigh D., Bennet E., Charlotte S., and Paige L.

Thrushwood Farms Opens New Corporate Office

In 2020 Thrushwood Farms was acquired by Western’s Smokehouse, a protein company that largely produces meat sticks. Since then the plant has grown from 45 employees to 100. Western’s Smokehouse plans to hire another 20-30 people in the coming months while also moving their corporate office from their processing facility to 56 South Kellogg Street.

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