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Big Plans For City Of Galesburg

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The city of Galesburg hopes to attract new residents by revamping its entire infrastructure. And some local business owners like W Wayne Dennis say it's a great idea.

"I'd love to see us get an influx of people in town. More people come in town they're going to buy insurance. Got to buy it from somewhere, might as well be American Family Insurance," said Dennis.

But city council members say it wont happen overnight.

The city's current population is 32,000. Council member, Jeremy Karlin, says by revitalizing the city it will boost that number, but there are challenges the city faces.

"Our quality of life issues. Making sure this is a nice place to live, a safe place to live, a clean place to live. A place you would want to bring your family to." he said.

Plans are to help improve homes, fix majors streets and sidewalks such as East Main Street, and make Galesburg a destination by building various attractions to draw crowds in.

"We want to get a diverse group of people to come to Galesburg and live here. I think that would be the best way to sustain the growth that we're trying to achieve." said Karlin.

The city is currently looking at ways to fund these projects which could cost over 35-million dollars, but nothing set in stone just yet. Council members are still in the process of finalizing all plans.