Town of the City of Galesburg

121 W Tompkins Street, , Galesburg, Illinois 61401
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Town of the City of Galesburg

   Governor Pritzker SUSPENDED the Annual Town Meeting (usually April 14). We will be required to hold the Annual Town Meeting on the Third Tuesday following the expiration of the disaster proclamation issued by Governor Pritzker. We will publish this date on this website page and on our Facebook page once the date is determined.

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE   309-342-1106 -- The Assessor's Office has reopened to the public, but is available by appointment only.
Call for appointment. Masks are required.

The Assessor’s Office is now open to the public. Due to social distancing guidelines only three people are allowed in the office at the same time and visitors are required to wear a mask. You can call the office to schedule an appointment to see the Assessor or complete an exemption application. If you come to the office without an appointment and there are three people in the office, you will have to wait outside until someone leaves and office staff notify you that you may enter the office.

July 7, 2020 -- Due to the legislative changes enacted to protect vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 crisis, the Knox County Supervisor of Assessments Office will NOT require individuals already receiving the specified homestead exemptions to renew their applications for 2020. THE OFFICE WILL AUTOMATICALLY INSTALL THESE EXEMPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVED THEM IN 2019.

Any new filings will still be accepted as usual, however mailing or email is preferable. The following exemptions will NOT require renewal for 2020:

• PTAX 340-Senior Freeze Exemption

• PTAX 342R-Renewal for Veterans with Disabilities

• PTAX 343R-Renewal for people with Disabilities

For more information, please call the office at 309-345-3845 or email us at

If you need to file an exemption for the first time in 2020, you have all year to complete the exemption. Many questions may be handled by phone.  We are asking that you call the office at 342-1106 with questions rather than come to the office.  Office visits are reserved for people who need new filings.  

Stephen W. Daly – City Assessor
Town of the City of Galesburg Township Assessor


The Office of General Assistance has now reopened to the public. Masks are required. 

We are providing normal services, by appointment only. Please call first. Only 1 party will be allowed in the office lobby at a time.

FIRST STEP: call 343-9059 and answer some questions for us so we can determine which program you might qualify for. An application package will be mailed or you can choose to p.u. We can send via email, if you have ability to print out forms to be completed & returned.

SECOND STEP: Call & let us know when you are returning your application package, completed as instructed…be sure to include any additional requested information. In order to apply, we require certain documents, as listed below. Your completed application will need to be returned with the following:

  • a copy of your current Driver’s License or State ID (not expired)

  • Social Security card
  • SNAP card & Medicaid card (or proof of these benefits from DHS)
  • bank statement(s) for any accounts you may have
  • paystubs for past 30 days
  • proof of SSI claim filed (if you are disabled and unable to work)
  • Physician's Medical Form signed by you, completed by doctor & faxed back by doctor

General Assistance applications can also be found on our on our Facebook Page under the NOTES section (search for @TownoftheCityofGalesburg); in the foyer of our building at 121 W. Tompkins and on our website at

We wish you peace, healing & health,
Christine Eik Winick -- Township Supervisor

Hours are Monday to Friday  8:00 am - 4:00 pm* 
   *See Events Calendar for Holiday Closures


Following documents can be found posted in the Download Center:

  • General Assistance Application & Verification Request
  • 2020 Budget Documents 

  • The 2019 Supervisor's Statement of Financial Affairs 

  • IMRF Compensation Report for 2020

Township Government

The township is the oldest form of government in existence on the North American continent, brought to the New World by Pilgrims when they landed on the eastern seaboard in 1636.  Known as the government of the “people next door”, the first township governments were established in Illinois in 1850.

Generally there are eight officers in each township, elected for terms of four years – Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Highway Commissioner and four Trustees.  Knox County is divided into 20 townships and one coterminous township, which is the Town of the City of Galesburg, established in 1867.  The township has the same boundaries as the City of Galesburg.  The City Council Members serve as the Trustees; the City Clerk is the Township Clerk; and the Supervisor and Assessor – all are elected officials.  A Highway Commissioner is not necessary because the city maintains the streets.  An annual meeting of the township electors is held on the second Tuesday in April and it reflects true democracy in action when citizens have a say in how “their” government is run.

Townships have many duties and some permissive powers.  Services which are required of all townships include providing for welfare assistance, assessing property, building and maintaining rural roads and preventing the spread of communicable disease.  In addition, townships may establish libraries, medical clinics, museums, community buildings, recreation districts, mental health facilities, cemeteries and youth committees.  While there have been many changes in the 150 years since the first townships were founded in Illinois, township government continues to be a form of local government which serves the citizens with dedication and efficiency.