T.J. Carson

T.J. Carson is the Galesburg correspondent for Tri States Public Radio.  His duties include reporting on current events in the cities of Galesburg and Monmouth, and Knox County.  He returns to TSPR after serving as a student reporter and host in 2006.  Before Tri States Public Radio, he was a news reporter for WSPL-AM in Streator, IL.  At WSPL, T.J. earned two awards from the Illinois Associated Press; Outstanding Single Story Contribution in 2011, and Contributor of the Month for February 2008.
 
T.J. is a native of Lacon, IL.  He is a graduate of Midland High School in Varna, IL, where he participated in baseball and football all four years, as well as the Scholastic Bowl team.  He received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in the fall of 2006, where he participated in numerous activities for the student-run radio station, as well as public address announcing for the Western Illinois Leatherneck baseball and softball teams.
 
In his spare time, T.J. enjoys baseball, golf, watching animation, and drawing.  He has also been a Guest of Honor at fan-created conventions for the television program 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'.

The Illinois Animal Disease Testing Laboratory in Galesburg has  conducted tests on dead animals since 1976.  The testing is done to determine the presence of West Nile virus and other diseases.  But the facility is scheduled to close at the end of April.

Every spring since 1954, Knox College students and faculty have taken part in a one day event that helps bring new life to an old prairie.  The event is so popular that the school's sports teams derive their nickname from it.

Ron Moore of Roseville became the president of the American Soybean Association this month.  He will serve a one year term as president and then take over as the chairman of the Association's Board of Directors.

The school is looking for ways to maintain a presence in Bushnell even after it closes down the building it owns.  The college will close the building on June 30 to save money.

Umbrellas dotted the crowd as much as the mortar boards during Knox College's 170th Commencement Ceremony on a recent rainy Sunday morning.

CBS News' "60 Minutes" Correspondent Bill Whitaker told the 300 graduates during his commencement speech that the rain was a sign of good luck.

Students at Lombard Junior High School in Galesburg created a club to lessen the impact of bullying.  Seventh grader Katie Dunbar came up with the idea for the "Take A Stand Club." Dunbar said she's well acquainted with the stress caused by being bullied. 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is looking for ways to ensure women are treated more fairly in the workplace. On Monday she held a meeting with women business leaders in Galesburg as part of what she's calling a week-long women’s economic security tour. Tuesday she'll visit the communities of Peoria and Cuba.

Students who graduate from Carl Sandburg College's honors program will now have an easier path to a four-year school. Honor students will be able to transfer directly from the two-year community college into Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors College.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's budget address on February 18 will be watched carefully by at least one group in Galesburg.

The cost of attending Knox College will increase next school year.

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