Galesburg Mayor's Presidential Pow-wow

By WEEK Creative Services

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM CDT

Mayor Sal Garza had what he called a grocery list of things to bring up during a more private meeting with the President.
Hundreds of jobs were lost when Maytag and Butler closed. Many residents are hoping the mayor's talk will bring action quicker.

Mayor Garza had this to say about his Presidential pow-wow, "I didn't get everything I needed to off that list. we've stopped hemoraging the tremendous loss of jobs now we're making small gains in the other direction"

Galesburg resident Karen LeSieur said, "I know we're not the only ones struggling, there's others struggling. Maybe there's something he could do. There's always hope."

At it's peak in 2010 Galesburg's unemployment hit 11.5% and most recently in June the rate is back to 7.7%.

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