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Galesburg city council member resigns amid calls for her resignation

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 2:48 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:50 AM CDT
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GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) - Galesburg Third Ward Alderwoman Lindsay Hillery has resigned, city officials said Tuesday.

According to a media release, Mayor Peter Schwartzman, the Galesburg City Council, and the administration received a letter from Hillery tendering her resignation from the city council effective immediately.

Hillery was elected to the Third Ward in 2019. Her resignation comes following multiple arrests this year, including a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

”I ran for City Council to help Galesburg, but the best way I can help right now is to let go,” Hillery said in her resignation letter. “The time has come for me to focus on my health and my family and to make the necessary steps to get my life back on track.”

Schwartzman said in the release the circumstances are “unfortunate,” but he looks forward to moving forward.

“I appreciate her contributions and wish her and her family well,” the mayor said in a release. “While these circumstances are unfortunate, the remaining members of the Council and I are very much focused on moving forward.”

The appointment process is controlled by the Illinois Municipal Code 65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-50.

The mayor must appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy within 60 days of the creation of the vacancy. Based upon statute, the appointee shall serve out the remainder of the Third Ward term until the April 2023 elections, 65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-50(f).

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