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|Galesburg Group Hears from the People
|It seemed to be mission accomplished for a local group that held a town hall-style meeting that allowed residents to get together and discuss their concerns within the community.
The People In Galesburg held their first meeting Monday night. Nearly 100 people showed up to share ideas at the Galesburg Public Library.
The group first spoke for one minute on whatever topic they wanted. The topics were voted on to see which garnered the most support from the group, and then two topics were picked to expand on for the rest of the meeting.
The topics that were the most popular were youth outreach within Galesburg and the renovation, demolition or moving of both the Knox County Courthouse and the Galesburg Public Library.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza was on hand to listen. Garza tells WGIL people may feel more comfortable at future gatherings to express what they feel is important.
"I think it was interesting in terms of the diversity of the different topics. Some of them did have connecting themes in terms of the youth outreach, we have teen pregnancy underneath. I think that a couple more sessions people are going to feel more at ease to say 'here is what's on my mind' and 'this is why I've come to be conditioned to think this way.'"
Members of the community expressed concerns about what they believe to be a lack of places youth can go to just be young and stay out of trouble. One resident said she would like to see more possible internships through either the police or fire departments that can show kids responsibility and how much they are needed within the community.
The People In Galesburg will hold another meeting August 20th at 6 p-m at the Galesburg Public Library.
For more information on the group, visit www.thepeopleingalesburg.com.
(Knox College Professor Peter Schwartzman explains how the People In Galesburg's open forum meeting will go Tuesday night at the Galesburg Public Library.)
(Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza looks on and listens to the concerns of Galesburg residents at Tuesday nights People In Galesburg community meeting.)
(The topics are listed by an organizer of the meeting at the People In Galesburg's town hall-style meeting Tuesday)
(Maurice David, a Knox College student, explains why his topic, youth outreach programs in Galesburg, should be discussed at Tuesday night's community meeting at the Galesburg Public Library.)
(Photos and story by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
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