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

7/3/2019 3:06:00 PM
REMINDER on Kidde fire extinguisher recall 2017
Reminder from Kidde United Technologies about their fire extinguisher recall from 2017.
6/21/2019 3:57:00 PM
Individual Assistance for State Disaster
The Knox County Emergency Management Agency (KCEMA) and the City of Galesburg are conducting a survey of home and property damage in the county.
6/18/2019 2:30:00 PM
North Academy Street Road Closure
Weather permitting, Hood Demolition and Excavation will be closing North Academy Street from Ferris Place to approximately 247 North Academy Street beginning...
5/20/2019 4:01:00 PM
Free Mulch & Compost Available at Galesburg Oversized Brush Drop-off Site
Mulch and compost are available to Galesburg residents free of charge at the oversized brush drop-off site, located at 636 Pickard Road, just west of Farm...
5/10/2019 1:00:00 PM
Galesburg Police Chief Announces Retirement
Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen announced his upcoming retirement, after serving over 36 years with the Galesburg Police Department, the last...
4/12/2019 4:14:00 PM
How to use PSR to Request Service or Report a Problem
The City of Galesburg is using Public Service Request (PSR) to process requests for service. Learn how to access the program through the City’s website...
4/11/2019 3:14:00 PM
Illinois Power Agency Funds Solar for Galesburg Water Treatment Plant
The Illinois Power Agency recently announced that they have allocated the adjustable block program discretionary capacity to ensure all distributed generation...
City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181