An East Galesburg teenager is being hailed for his heroic efforts during what started as a routine day of fishing. Dalton Sims, 13, received the Citizen Life Saving Award from the city of Galesburg for preventing a two-year-old child from drowning.
There are two main issues regarding lead exposure in Galesburg. First, the city failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for lead levels in water at some residents' homes during testing last fall.
Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.
ByRyan J. Foley and Meghan Hoyer of the Associated Press•Apr 10, 2016
This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg's long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades.
A new concept starting in Galesburg allows people in the city and surrounding communities to receive services that they need. All it will cost them is a bit of their time providing a service to someone else.
A major road project in Galesburg that's been delayed several times is being pushed back again. Construction of the East Main Street underpass was supposed to begin last summer, but bid openings have been postponed several times and were pushed back again this week.
The current city budget for Galesburg went into effect just a couple months ago, yet aldermen are already starting the process of creating the next spending plan. And they have already encountered a difficult issue.