Town of the City of Galesburg
Assessor's Office: 309-342-1106
General Assistance Office: 309-343-9059
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm*
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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.