Knox College

This fall, Knox College will give students the option to learn online or in-person. Students who choose to return to campus in Galesburg will do so on a staggered schedule, with required COVID-19 testing upon arrival. 

New cases of the coronavirus in Illinois include some prisoners and staff at the East Moline prison. The Department of Corrections says 26 men at the minimum security East Moline Correctional Center have tested positive, and are being isolated from other prisoners.

Galesburg Police Department

Thanks to a national charity, the Galesburg Police Department's K9 officer is well-protected. Zeus now wears a bullet and stab protective vest, donated by the group Vested Interest in K9s. 

Students will not return to Knox College this spring. Wednesday the college announced that the rest of spring term will be held remotely because of the pandemic. 

Monmouth College

About 1,600 people lost their jobs when a major western Illinois employer closed, and moved to Mexico in 2004. 15 years later, students in a class at Monmouth College set out to find out what happened to the former Maytag employees.

City of Galesburg

A man with experience working in the Quad Cities will soon begin working in Galesburg. The city has hired Ryan Berger to be Director of Community Development.

The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg will host a series of documentary films during the first part of the year. Executive Director Erin Glasnovich said the theatre has shown documentaries in the past but never week-after-week as part of a series.

"This American Life" host Ira Glass will appear at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg this Saturday. 

Glass' talk, "Seven Things I've Learned," starts at 7:30 p.m. "This American Life" reaches more than 2.2 million people every week on more than 500 public radio stations across the U.S., including WCBU. Another 2.5 million download the podcast every week. 

Glass began his career at NPR in 1978. He's hosted "This American Life" since 1995. 

A graduate of Knox College will be the commencement speaker at her alma mater in Galesburg this weekend. Bridget Coughlin, class of 1994 is the president and CEO of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Illinois National Guard soldiers from the western and central parts of the state are being called up to help fight flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. They're members of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, based in the Quad Cities (Milan), with units in Galesburg and Springfield.