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|Businessman & Civic Advocate, Mike Kroll, Passes Away
|A Galesburg resident who owned a business but who perhaps was better known for his civic advocacy has died.
The Watson-Thomas Funeral Home says Mike Kroll died early Monday morning. He was 55. Funeral services there are pending.
Kroll owned "Dr. Mike Computer Therapist" -- a computer repair business in downtown Galesburg. But he was known for being involved with -- and vocal about -- local government. Kroll has run for political office in the past, and was circulating petitions for a run for Galesburg City Treasurer. In addition, he has served for years on the Galesburg Public Library Board of Trustees, most recently as Treasurer and chair of the board's New Construction Committee.
That's the committee that was responsible for organizing plans for a proposed new library building. Kroll's committee just last week recommended candidates for the roles of Construction Manager and architect on the project, but Kroll expressed concerns about whether or not the city would actually transfer the property to the library that they would like to build on -- the former Super 8 site on West Main Street.
Kroll has also been vocal at Galesburg City Council meetings throughout the year, especially relating to the budget process and -- among other areas -- the proposed retail development to be across the street from the Seminary Square Shopping Center.
Kroll was also a writer for the former "The Zephyr" newspaper. Kroll died two years to the day after friend and colleague -- "Zephyr" publisher Norm Winick -- passed away. Following Winick's passing, Kroll founded "Galesburg Planet," available online.
Kroll leaves behind a wife and two sons. Go to WGIL and WGIL.com for more details on Kroll's life, and reaction to his passing.
(Mike Kroll listens to an answer given during a March, 2011 candidates forum at Galesburg City Hall. WGIL News story and file photo by Will Stevenson.)
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