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. 
Illinois State Map - Cities and Proximity to Galesburg
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News & Announcements

5/22/2020 4:08:00 PM
Hydrant Testing Locations for May 26, 2020
Crews will be testing in the following area: Area north of Seminary around OSF St. Mary's Hospital and All the area north of E. Losey Street. East of Harrison/Rock...
5/22/2020 1:43:00 PM
Galesburg Considering Joining Heart of Illinois Reopening Plan
Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard is considering the City of Galesburg joining the Heart of Illinois Plan in an effort to more quickly navigate the re-opening...
5/21/2020 4:53:00 PM
Galesburg City Hall to Reopen for Public Access on June 1
Galesburg City Hall will re-open to the public on June 1, 2020. Upon re-opening to the public, City of Galesburg facilities will utilize increased protective...
5/21/2020 8:30:00 AM
COVID-19 Response & Information
A comprehensive summary of changes to City services, events, and policies as a result of COVID-19. Last updated 5/21/2020.
5/20/2020 10:00:00 AM
Galesburg City Hall Closed to the Public Through May 31, 2020
In light of the recent extension of the State of Illinois stay at home order, City of Galesburg facilities, including Galesburg City Hall, will remain...
5/18/2020 8:30:00 AM
CANCELLED: United Way volunteers for Memorial Day
The United Way has cancelled the volunteer event to place flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day due to the weather. ​
5/14/2020 1:55:00 PM
North Academy Street Road Closure
Weather permitting, Hood Demolition and Excavation will be closing North Academy Street from Ferris Place to approximately 258 N Academy Street beginning...
City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181