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|Mayoral Candidates: Knox Students Could Help Community
|One of the candidates for Galesburg mayor says the city has a well-documented problem with poverty, and perhaps Knox College Students can help.
Speaking at a forum for mayoral candidates on the Knox campus Wednesday night, candidate and fifth ward alderman Karen Lafferty answered a question about how Knox students can be enticed into staying once they graduate the institution, by suggesting that they could help alleviate the poverty problem. "Knox College Students could...maybe be tutoring some of these people," Lafferty said. "They're very embarrassed if they don't know how to read or write. And that might help them secure a better education."
Former Alderman Margaret Hall says the city essentially has to do a better job of rolling out the welcome mat to Knox College students. "When we have things going on in town, we need to contact the students, let them know what's available, include the students as people working on those things," Hall said. "Get ideas from them."
Former Alderman Rollie Paulsgrove thinks something should be done. "There's got to be something here that draws the students that, allegedly, all they want to do is leave Galesburg," Paulsgrove. "That's not the case. What they want to do is come here and get an education."
Candidates answered questions either as a group or individually, ranging from how they would lead, to whether or not a city manager should continue to be employed, to crime and alleged decay of some neighborhoods.
Only eight of the nine candidates attended the forum -- resident David Roknich did not.
To download the entire forum, CLICK HERE.
|04 02 09 by Newsroom
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