Town of the City of Galesburg
ASSESSOR'S OFFICE 309-342-1106
The Assessor's Office has reopened to the public. PROPERLY WORN MASKS ARE REQUIRED. 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.
For more information, please call the office at 309-342-1106. Please visit the Assessor's website at Township Assessor/City of Galesburg for information, resources & links, including printable exemption forms.
Laura Williams, CIAO – City Assessor
Town of the City of Galesburg Township Assessor
GENERAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE 309-343-9059
The Office of General Assistance is open to the public. PROPERLY WORN MASKS ARE REQUIRED. We are providing normal services. Only 1 party will be allowed in the office at a time. If necessary, you maybe asked to wait in the lobby.
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 have a new mail/drop box in the building vestibule for your convenience. Applications are also available in the vestibule. We can send via email, if you have ability to print out forms to be completed & returned or mail a packet to you.
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
If disabled and unable to work:
- 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 here on our website under the Documents section.
Christine Eik Winick - Township Supervisor
Town of the City of Galesburg
Hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm*
*See Events Calendar for Holiday Closures
The following documents, along with others, can be found posted in the Download Center:
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.