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

1/15/2021 4:32:00 PM
Region Two Moves to Tier 2 Mitigations
As of January 15, 2021, Region 2, which includes Galesburg, has returned to Tier 2 mitigations under the State of Illinois Resurgence Mitigation Plan.
1/14/2021 5:06:00 PM
Knox County Unified Command Response to COVID-19 Vaccination
There will be a press conference regarding COVID-19 vaccination on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Galesburg City Hall, Council Chambers. The...
1/12/2021 8:00:00 AM
City Hall Closed – MLK Day 2021
City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Handivan, bus, and solid waste pick-up will be in service...
12/29/2020 2:15:00 PM
IL Law Enforcement Coalition issues Safe Communities and Law Enforcement Modernization Strategy
SPRINGFIELD – A coalition representing Illinois law enforcement leadership and rank-and-file officers has issued a 15-point plan in a Safe Communities...
12/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
Winter Parking Guidelines
Citizens are reminded that an automatic parking prohibition will take effect on all city streets any time snow accumulation reaches two inches. Cars parked...
12/17/2020 4:10:00 PM
Lake Storey Expansion Feasibility Study
The initial feasibility study is complete and available for the public to view on the City’s website. The results of this preliminary study suggest that...
12/17/2020 11:04:00 AM
Structure Fire - 668 Home Blvd
GFD responded to the report of a structure fire at 668 Home Blvd.
City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181