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

9/23/2019 10:22:00 AM
Fremont Street Crossing Closure
Weather permitting, BNSF will be closing the railroad crossing on East Fremont Street beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 for crossing repair....
9/20/2019 1:38:00 PM
Federal Assistance approved for Local Governments
Knox County local governments were approved for Federal Assistance. The Individual Assistance Aid is still being reviewed.​
9/17/2019 2:53:00 PM
Monroe Street Road Closure
Weather permitting, Gunther Construction will be closing Monroe Street between North and Grove Street beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19,...
9/12/2019 9:02:00 AM
Galesburg Fire Chief Announces Retirement
Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins announced he intends to retire, effective October 25, 2019, after leading the Galesburg Fire Department for the last 10...
9/9/2019 2:20:00 PM
City of Galesburg Water Testing Results Improving
The City of Galesburg recently completed the required U.S. EPA water quality testing for lead for 2019. During this round of testing, the City had zero...
9/9/2019 11:35:00 AM
National Preparedness Month 2019
GFD encourages residents to help prepare children for possible emergencies and disasters.​
8/19/2019 8:27:00 AM
GFD Annual Fill the Boot Drive 2019
The Galesburg Fire Department continues its support of for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181