Lincoln Statue

A new statue of Abraham Lincoln, modeled after one in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, was recently unveiled and greets departing passengers at the Galesburg Amtrak Depot.

We're going to break this spell, parts I and II by Peter Schwartzman and Bruce Weik

Governor's Office Shrinking Under Pat Quinn by Norm Winick

Parking poses problems: City code could cripple courthouse construction by Mike Kroll

Dorothea Tanning at 100 by Paulette Thenhaus

Courthouse Choices: A look at the Alternatives (parts I and II) by Mike Kroll

Pets and Petty People by Mike Kroll

The surprising Aaron Schock by Mike Kroll

What Mother Bickerdyke did during the Civil War by Barbara Schock

It isn't easy being Green: party's gubernatorial hopeful Rich Whitney stops by by Mike Kroll

Independent candidate's petitions challenged: When is a binding binding? by Mike Kroll

Politics, Pizza and Promises:Bobby Schilling running for Congress by Mike Kroll

Katfish ponders: A true crime blogger in the burg by Mike Kroll

Meet Kirk Dillard: The frontrunning Republican candidate for Governor by Mike Kroll

The unstoppable Aaron Schock by Norm Winick

Double Trouble for Don: Moffitt faces opposition this time by Mike Kroll

The Rise and Fall of Central Church by Gayle Keiser

I gave at the office: non-profits pay profitable salaries by Mike Kroll

Patrick Fitzgerald: Maximum Prosecutor in Galesburg by Norm Winick

Consultants grab big bucks by Norm Winick

The fall of Circuit City: a Journal by Jon Gallagher

Not (Welcome) in Our Town by Mike Kroll

A Call to Action: Poverty in Knox County (Download the full report as a pdf file)

17-count indictment read against Nicholas Sheley by Mike Kroll

Nicholas Sheley's Bloody Trail by Mike Kroll

Murdered Galesburg man in path of alleged spree killer Nicholas Sheley by Mike Kroll

Knox College's Old Main in the fog

Knox College's Old Main in the fog, January 2009

Expatriate Galesburgers! Send a letter to Mother Burg or read everyone else's. There are hundreds of submissions.

The Galesburg Project is constantly updated online. View the directory of famous persons who were born in, lived in, or spent some time in Galesburg and add names to the list. There is a section listing films and TV shows referencing Galesburg. Check it out here.

lane evans and barack obama

Congressman Lane Evans brought a young State Senator to Galesburg in late 2003 and said he was supporting Barack Obama in his run for the U.S. Senate. Evans was the highest ranking official in Illinois to support Obama and took him throughout his district to introduce him to downstaters -- starting in Galesburg. Evans, who was forced to retire from Congress because of his advancing Parkinson's Disease, joined Obama and his closest friends and advisors to watch election returns in Chicago on November 4th. Obama reportedly told Lane, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you." Behind Barack Obama, in this picture taken by Norm Winick at The Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar in Galesburg, is a photo of Stephen Douglas, whose seat Obama held in the U.S. Senate.

Former President Bill Clinton walks with Knox College President Roger Taylor as he prepares to receive his honorary degree and present the Commencement Address June 2, 2007.

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Download our transcript of Clinton's speech as a .doc file.

Turmoil in the Knox County State's Attorney's office

Perpetual Motions: the cases against John Pepmeyer keep on keeping on by Mike Kroll

EEOC complaint filed against State's Attorney by Norm Winick

The meat of the matter: Pepmeyer responds to sexual harassment charges by Mike Kroll

Igniting a scandal: the state of the State's Attorney's office by Mike Kroll

Path to prosecutor: John Pepmeyer's road to the Courthouse by Mike Kroll

ATM bandits unprosecuted: escaping justice Knox County style by Mike Kroll

Attorney General Lisa Madigan clears John Pepmeyer of criminal charges by Mike Kroll

$1,200 a page special audits reveal little by Mike Kroll


State's Attorney mea culpa by Mike Kroll

Fiasco in the courthouse: we don't know what we don't know by Norm Winick

Journalistic responsibility by Mike Kroll

The former OT Johnson's Department Store in flames early Monday morning January 23, 2006.
A postcard of the above photo is available. 2 for $1 postpaid to PO Box 1, Galesburg, IL 61402. See and purchase more photos here

The O.T. Johnson fire: blazing into Galesburg history by Mike Kroll

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