Galesburg News 1-25-13
(Canton, IL) -- After a marathon negotiating session with a federal mediator Tuesday, faculty and the Board of Trustees at Spoon River College reached a tentative agreement. Curt Oldfield, President of Spoon River College said he is glad they were able to reach an agreement so it wouldn't affect students. The faculty association is meeting Friday at 1 p.m. to discuss the tentative agreement. Once the SRCFA votes on the tentative agreement, the college's Board of Trustees will take the contract into consideration.
(Galesburg, IL) -- The Oneida man accused of stabbing to death a Galesburg man over the weekend will be facing additional charges. 25-year old Kai A. Lefler is facing charges of first degree murder, second degree murder as well as involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery. Lefler appeared in Knox County Circuit Court via video camera. Bond was set at $1 million. 23-year old The victim, Robert Kilgore, died Sunday morning at OSF-St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria Lefler is scheduled for another appearance in Knox County Circuit Court January 28th.
(Knoxville, IL) -- The Knoxville School District's Board of Education approved the publishing of bids for the district's new high school building. The bid packages will be published by the end of January and one of the bids will then be accepted by March 7th. The bid packages will include general construction, site work, demolition, mechanical, electrical, plumbing as well as fire protection.
(Oneida, IL) -- Construction work is continuing at the new ROWVA Elementary School despite some glitches. After Collins Concrete submitted a delay order, District 208 approved a change order payment of $10,895 at their board meeting Monday. School officials say there is $400,000 included in the construction budget specifically for change orders that might occur.
(Galesburg, IL) -- A two year contract extension has been approve for the Administrator of the Knox County Health Department by a 5-0 vote of the Knox County Board of Health. Heidi Britton was given a raise from $70,000 a year to $95,500. The contract is retroactive from December 3, 2012. County health officials say the amount of Britton's raise is being funded by a Federally Qualified Health Center grant.
(Galesburg, IL) -- A "bill transparency" website for Knox County has been making some progress, the Knox County Board's Finance Committee learned that at their committee meeting Wednesday. County officials are hoping that they will be able to post the county's bills to the website before any committee or the full board takes action. Officials say the move will increase board, as well as public, scrutiny of government expenses. The county is hoping to have the new website running sometime this spring.
(Washington, D.C) -- It was announced Tuesday newly elected Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been named to the Aviation Subcommittee and the Highways and Transit Subcommittee. The subcommittees are part of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Both of the subcommittees cover topics of importance to the economy of the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bustos was named to the House Committee on Agriculture on January 4th and the House Committee on Transporation and Infrastructure last month. Illinois' 17th Congressional District is a central hub for shipping goods and people over road, rail, water and through the air.