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April 3 Black Hawk Performance Company 2 p.m. at The Orpheum. Kick off the 2022 NEA Big Read and watch Black Hawk Performance Company perform music and drumming, story telling, and flute playing. Free and for all ages.


City of Galesburg

Spring clean up days are April 11 - 15 for odd week recyclers and April 18 - 22 for even week recyclers. Each household is assigned one day (your normal pickup day on your recycling week). Place large unwanted items on the curb by 6 a.m.


Election Season

Early voting begins May 19. Primaries will take place June 28. The general election will take place November 8. Voters can request mail in ballots starting March 30 by contacting their local election authority. Those applications must be received by June 23. Mail in ballots must be postmarked or returned in person to the election authority by Election Day, June 28.

Three people have filed to run for Knox County Sheriff. Douglas Sampson and James Roberson have registered as Democrats for the position. Jack Harlan has registered as a Republican for the position.

Democrat incumbent Robin E. Davis and Republican Janet Windish have filed to run for Knox County Treasurer.

Democrat Tracy Thierry-Robertson and Republican incumbent Scott G. Erickson has filed to run for County Clerk & Recorder.

20 people have filed to run for Knox County Board. Each county board district has three seats. The general election will allow people to vote on a maximum of three people from each party for each district. If there are more than three people from a party running for a district, the representatives will enter a primary with each other.

Democrats Darla Krejci and Cheryl L. Nache has registered for the District 1 position. Republican Anthony R. Weiss has registered to run for District 1.

Democrats John Hunigan, Greg Bacon, and David L. Amor has registered to run for District 2. Republicans Brent A. Zhorne, Stephen Johnson, and Robert Bondi have registered for District 2.

For District 3 Democrats Pamela Davidson, Samuel Cohen, and Kimberly Thierry have registered to run. Republicans Samuel F. Larson and Dale A. Jacobs have registered for District 3.

Republicans Jared M. Hawkinson, Joshua E. Kramer, and Todd Olinger have registered to run for District 4.

Republicans Brian Friedrich, Ricardo Sandoval, and Jeff Link have registered to run for District 5.

17th Congressional District Democrats fighting to succeed U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos: Rockford Ald. Jonathan Logemann, D-2; Jacqueline McGowan of Palos Hills; Rockford Alderwoman Linda McNeely, D-13; Rock Island County Board member Angie Normoyle of Moline; Marsha Williams of Channahon; former WREX-13 meteorologist Eric Sorensen; and former state Representative Litesa Wallace. Two Republicans from East Moline have also filed for the seat.


Galesburg Chamber of Commerce

The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce now offers a coworking space available for the remote working individual looking for a break from their home office for an hour; business partner who is in town and needs a stopping point to land for a short time; and home based business owner looking to have a change of scenery. Wi-fi, water, and office space are provided. Reservations are based on availability. Bookings reserved for Chamber members and their affiliates. Please inquire to check availability by calling 343 - 1194 or emailing chamber@galesburg.org.


Bunker Links

The golf course and driving range are officially open for the season! Bunker Links is now accepting applications for a season pass, cart pass, punch cards, and range memberships. Reciprocal golf courses for season pass holders are as follows:

$25 with cart seven days a week

$20 with cart at Wee-Ma-Tuk

Gibson Woods in Monmouth

Midland Golf Club in Kewanee

Oak Run in Dahinda

Valley View in Cambridge (cash only)

Wee-Ma-Tuk in Cuba


District 205

The District 205 board of education has received two new bids for purchasing the vacant Nielson Elementary School building. District Superintendent John Asplund confirmed the Galesburg Rescue Mission has offered $100,100 for the property and local developer Rob Benedict has offered $1 plus $40,000 worth of work from his company Mechanical Services Inc. to the Galesburg Area Vocational Center.


Pizza House

On March 22 DeWayne Sperlin was officially back behind the ovens. Welcome back DeWayne!


Garden Station

On March 21 the Garden Station added a greenhouse to their location at 1099 East Losey Street.


Kastle Kreme

On March 23 Kastle Kreme opened for the season. Kastle Kreme will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


Dame Fine Coffee

April 2 and 3 Dame Fine Coffee will be donating all of their tips to Blessings in a Backpack.


Knoxville Community Food Pantry

The Knoxville Community Food Pantry has new hours. They will be open Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m. (second and fourth weeks), Thursday 9 to 11 a.m., and Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. (first and third weeks). They will take phone calls on Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 289 - 6311. Walk-ins are welcome.


Gyann Event Planning and Design

On March 22 Gyann Event Planning and Design became the newest member of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Gyann Event Planning and Design can help you make amazing events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, or graduations. It is a full service business offering table linens, balloon arches, flowers, lights, etc… You can contact Gyann Event Planning and Design at (857) 236 - 5552 or gyanchicago@gmail.com.


Gas

What drives Illinois’ higher gas prices? Illinois gas prices are high compared with our neighboring states for a multitude of reasons. The average fuel cost on March 11 was nearly $4.57. This is partly based upon the switchover from the blend of gas used during the winter to what’s used during the summer. That later version is more expensive in Illinois, where the Chicago metro area is under federal Environmental Protection Agency standards that mandate cleaner-burning blends during warmer months to reduce ozone. There also are higher taxes imposed in Illinois on gasoline compared with other states. The state raised its motor fuel tax on July 1, 2021 by a half cent to 39.2 cents per gallon in addition to other assorted sales taxes. That’s on top of a federal tax of 18.4 cents. Municipalities also may impose gas taxes. Illinoisans pay the second highest gas taxes in the nation after California, according to the American Petroleum Institute – 78 cents per gallon before figuring in any local taxes to the Golden State’s 86.55 cents. Other states in the Midwest have lower rates. Refinery production can also play a role. The artificially low demand for gas during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic meant less travel and less production of fuel, so not all refineries are up to full speed, which drives up costs. How do you cut the costs? Driving slower actually helps because higher speeds result in fewer miles to the gallon. You can also shop around for gas prices by using the AAA mobile app or the GasBuddy.com website. Both give real time gas prices. Lastly you can participate in a rewards program such as the one at Hy-Vee that gives discounts for gas.

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