About Galesburg

The City of Galesburg is located on Interstate 74 in Northwest Illinois and is approximately 50 miles east of the Mississippi River (see map below).
The Illinois General Assembly organized the City under the provisions of "an Act to Incorporate the City of Galesburg" on February 14, 1857. The City is a home rule municipality and has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1956. The City Council is comprised of seven Councilmembers and a Mayor. The Councilmembers are elected, for four-year staggered terms, from defined wards. All city residents elect the Mayor for a four-year term.

Since 1873, the City of Galesburg has been the county seat of Knox County. 
Look at Historic Preservation on this site to learn Galesburg's history.



The City of Galesburg was chartered for the purpose of providing its residents with the following services: police protection, fire protection, water service, garbage collection, recycling collection, landscape waste collection, parks, campground, airport, golf course, indoor swimming pool, water-park, recreational programs, Public Library, community center, cemeteries and the care of streets and sidewalks. 
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News & Announcements

5/29/2015 8:24:00 AM
Hydrant Testing Locations for Monday, June 1, 2015
Crews will be testing in the following areas: Birdland including North Farnham Street.​
5/22/2015 3:12:00 PM
I-74 and US 34 Ramp/Lane Closures
Ramp and lane restrictions are scheduled to take place between Tuesday, May 26 and Friday, June 5 at exit 46A and westbound US 34 from I-74 to the Farnham...
Summer Water Safety Instruction Registration
Register at Lakeside Recreation Facility, or come to Hawthorne Municipal Pool this Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for a special open swim. ...
4/2/2015 12:16:00 PM
Tall grass or weeds is most common nuisance violation
Maintaining a lawn by mowing and trimming is basic property maintenance but continues to be the most common nuisance violation in Galesburg.
3/12/2015 11:00:00 AM
I-74 Reduced to One Lane
I-74 will be reduced to one lane in each direction at MM 40 near Galesburg starting March 19th & continuing until November.​
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