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Galesburg City Council Member Resigns; Mayor Begins Replacement Process

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Rich Egger
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Galesburg City Hall

An embattled member of the Galesburg City Council has stepped down. Lindsay Hillery submitted her resignation letter Tuesday. It took effect immediately.

Hillery said she needs to focus on her health and family. She’s been accused in separate incidents this year of possession of meth and aggravated battery, both of which are felonies.

Those led to calls for her resignation.

Voters elected Hillery to the third ward seat in 2019.

Mayor Peter Schwartzman will have 60 days to appoint a replacement, who will need to be approved by the city council. The person chosen will serve through the April, 2023 election.

The mayor said nominations for the position can be emailed to him at pschwart@ci.galesburg.il.us or phoned in to the city clerk at (309) 345-3610.

Nominations should be submitted no later than July 28 at 4:00 p.m. and should include contact information for the nominee as well as some justification for the nomination.

Schwartzman anticipated the city council will vote on a nominee no later than its August 16 meeting.