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City reminding residents of energy aggregation agreement with Homefield

With energy costs skyrocketing right now, the City of Galesburg is reminding residents and small businesses that they can participate in energy aggregation through Homefield Energy. The city entered into an agreement with Homefield in 2021 for municipal aggregation of electricity supply. This was not the first agreement for the municipal energy aggregation/Citizens-approved energy aggregations back in 2012 during the election. The agreement is for 100 percent renewable power at 5-point-4-9 cents per kilowatt-hour with Homefield. Ameren will remain the deliverer of the electricity and continue to take care of power outage emergencies and service calls. Enrollment in the program was automatic and users only needed to take action if they chose to opt out of the program. The new agreement took effect with the July 2021 meter reading date and will be active through July 2024. The city says other energy suppliers may solicit Galesburg residents and small commercial businesses via phone, mailings, or door-to-door to enroll with their company and warns that they may not be able to provide the same rates as Homefield.

State Fire Marshal reminding residents of Illinois law regarding fireworks

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to make residents aware of what they can do to stay safe and on the right side of the law regarding fireworks. Consumer fireworks can only be purchased and displayed only by adults who have obtained permits from their local jurisdiction. Handheld fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets, are not approved for sale or use in Illinois. A violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, IDNR can assess administrative fines for violations involving the display of fireworks and other explosives Of course the safest way to view fireworks in our area is at Lake Storey with Big Bang Boom, presented by Galesburg Broadcasting and J&M Displays. Galesburg radio General Manager Roger Lundeen says 1,100 shells will be launched in about 25 minutes with this year’s show synchronized to a music soundtrack.

Galesburg man charged with DUI after striking another vehicle.

Galesburg Police on Saturday, June 25th, responded to the intersection of West Main and Linwood Road for a reported hit-and-run accident. A female driver and her male passenger told police that while northbound on Linwood Road, a black sedan took a wide turn onto Linwood and struck the back driver-side of the vehicle. The female caught up with the sedan near Fremont Street and the male driver admitted to the man and woman that he had been drinking. Police made contact with a cooperative 56-year-old Terry Poole of Galesburg who said he had been drinking at home and at the bar and agreed to conduct a field sobriety test. Poole indicated signs of impairment and he was placed under arrest. At the Public Safety Building, he provided a breath sample which indicated his BAC as .215. Poole was charged with Aggravated DUI – No Insurance, DUI A1, DUI A2, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Improper Lane Usage.

Galesburg woman wanted for vehicle theft after taking van, leaving it in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Galesburg Police on Thursday, June 23rd, responded to a reported vehicle theft in the 100 block of South West Street. The alleged theft occurred on Monday, June 20th. Officers met with a 32-year-old female victim who said she was at an apartment with a female friend on the 20th and the female friend wanted a ride from the victim. The victim declined to give her friend a ride, and when the victim returned from using the restroom her friend and her car keys were gone. The victim told police she waited three days to file the report because she was in constant contact via Facebook messenger with her friend – identified as 22-year-old Delaney Sorenson of Galesburg. When Sorenson eventually blocked the victim, she called police. According to police reports, Sorenson eventually told her mother that she left the stolen vehicle at a Walmart parking lot in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sorenson messaged that she left the van in Iowa because she “wasn’t going to jail for a stolen car.” The 2004 Honda Odyssey was listed as stolen and Delaney Sorenson was added to the Galesburg Police pending arrest list facing charges of Vehicle Theft.

Sorensen to face King for 17th Congressional District seat

With East Moline Democrat Cheri Bustos retiring after the end of her term, there will be a new Congressperson representing the 17th District after the November election. In a crowded field of Democrats trying to take her spot, Eric Sorensen, former Quad Cities TV meteorologist, has taken the majority of the votes, beating out the likes of former Illinois State Representative Litesa Wallace and Rockford Alderman Johnathan Logemann.

Two juveniles charged, one man charged after Sunday afternoon fight during Railroad Days carnival.

Galesburg Police on Sunday afternoon (6/26) were dispatched to the Public Square for a fight in progress. The Railroad Days carnival was taking place at the time. Officers first met with a group of females who reported two male juveniles fighting on the square. The two males were separated and detained. As officers were escorting the males to a squad car, according to police reports, 30 or 40 people went running by officers, and a large group of people – mostly juveniles, had gathered around another altercation taking place. An adult male subject was seen running towards another juvenile male subject and began striking him repeatedly in the face and head. Numerous people in the crowd were encouraging the two to fight. Police responded back to the crowd and began deploying pepper spray until the crowd dispersed. The adult male was identified as 25-year-old Emmett Blow of Galesburg. The two male juveniles were each charged with Disorderly Conduct and released to their guardians. Blow was transported to the Knox County Jail and charged with Mob Action and Aggravated Battery.

2022 Illinois Primary Election

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Sandburg donates training system to GPD

A Firearm Training Simulator system that was previously purchased by Carl Sandburg College was recently donated to the Galesburg Police Department for the use of training and developing officers. The community college had acquired the FATS system but did not have a long-term need for it after receiving a $100,000...

Peoria Bishop responds to the overturning of Roe verses Wade

Following the ruling by the Supreme Court on Friday, essentially overturning Roe versus Wade, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria has responded to the news. Bishop Louis Tylka says the Church has proclaimed the sanctity of human life, “from conception until natural death,” and that Catholics must continue to be a voice that defends life in all stages from threats.

Monmouth man arrested on explosives and arson charges

A Monmouth man was apprehended on a Warren County warrant for Manufacture or Possession of Explosive or Incendiary Device and Attempt to Commit Aggravated Arson. According to a release from the Monmouth Police Department, 51-year-old William L. Frakes was arrested Thursday on the warrants, issued by the Warren County State’s Attorney.