Geneseo is conveniently located on Interstate 80 just 20 minutes by interstate highway to a major international airport. There are eleven major Midwest cities located within 250 miles of Geneseo, including Chicago. The Mississippi River is a short distance away and easily accessible by one of the three major interstates: Interstate 80; Interstate 280; and Interstate 74. You can have the values and advantages of a small, safe town while having close access to big town services. Geneseo has it all for your family.
Aldermen have adopted Vision 2020, spearheaded by Alderman Derek Betcher for the city. Geneseo's "Vision 2020" is a document that will help serve as a road map for long-term planning in the city. At its most basic level, Vision 2020 is a checklist of Geneseo's strengths. When major projects or budget issues are discussed, the Vision 2020 list can be used to help evaluate the project's benefit to the city. Vision 2020 is a tool that can help us evaluate and prioritized ideas. Vision 2020 helps show our values and the key things we want to pursue. To see the Vision 2020 document, click here.
IMEA/IPEA/IMUA has recognized the City of Geneseo as IMUA Member Community of the Year. This award is given in acknowledgement of the Commitment of the City, its Leaders and its Employees to the Highest Standards of Utility Operations.
The wind turbine site is located parallel to Interstate 80 and is a backdrop to "Green Energy" Platform. Infrastructure is in place supporting commercial development on the turbine site. Tax Increment Financing districts are in place along I-80 and IL RT. 82, West IL Route 6 and on east Exchange Street.
The Illinois Rural Water Association, the state's largest rural utility association, selected the City of Geneseo as its "Water Plant of the Year". The recipient of this award is given to facilities that are managed according to the highest industry standards and must meet the strictest industry standards in appearance, record keeping, compliance and consistency of operations.
Isaac Walton League of American Illinois Division awarded the City of Geneseo the Civic Award in recognition of green technology efforts in improving the environment by installing two wind turbines and LED street lighting.
The Electric Utility recently was awarded a grant for additional LED street lighting.
The City of Geneseo has three grocery stores: Fareway, Sav-A-Lot, and Wal-Mart.
Engineering is scheduled for North and South State Street in the spring of 2011. The North State Street Project is to mill and overlay the street to be completed in 2012. The South State Street Project is a complete renovation to be completed in 2013.
The Chamber of Commerce hosts several festivals and other community events annually. The three largest festivals are: Music Fest (Father's Day Weekend), Planes, Trains and Automobiles in September, and the Christmas Walk in December.
The Aisle of Flags is one of the most magnificent memorials in the area. Over 650 flags adorn the sidewalks of our City Park commemorating the veterans who have defended our freedom. Weather permitting, the flags fly on Veteran's Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day.
Other areas attractions include: Geneseo Art League, Geneseo Historical Museum, Central Theater, Richmond Hill Barn Theater, Geneseo Public Library, and the Geneseo Republic (Newspaper). One public 18 hole golf course, one 9 hole private golf course and outdoor pool, 1 miniature golf course, Geneseo Campground with 63 campsites and 4 cabins. Boating, fishing, and bike paths are located along the Hennepin Canal and Green River. 16 Wi-Fi Sites are found throughout the City. Locally owned and operated Telephone Company. 3 assisted living facilities. Many local non-for profit organizations host Ice Cream Socials in the City Park during spring, summer and fall. Our citizens and the community are offered support by the Geneseo Food Pantry. The Geneseo Ministerial Association and Rebuilding Together are very active throughout the Community.
Government - Mayor/City Council - Committee of the Whole
- Police Department comprised of 1 Chief of Police, 3 Sergeants (1 is also the canine officer), 7 officers and 4 Dispatchers. The Geneseo Police department is the 911 service center for the City of Geneseo and Henry County.
Volunteer Fire Department - Geneseo Fire District
Fire Insurance Rating - Within City Limits: 5 Outside City Limits: 7
Geneseo Community Unit School Dist #228 is a K-12 district that was formed in 1949 and comprises 261 square miles with the annexation of the former Atkinson School District in 1988. The district operates five schools plus the Unit Office, all located within the city limits, and serves approximately 2,650 students ages 3 to 18. The staff includes over 180 certified teachers, 143 support staff, and 11 administrators, many with advanced degrees. Special programs in the district begin with the Ladders to Learning program for 3 to 5 year-old children. The District also supports an Early Childhood Special Education (ECE) program for 3 to 5 year olds.
Special Education programs are offered at all levels. Title I Reading services are provided to elementary students. Accelerated programs are offered in the core content areas of the elementary school and many college credit dual-enrollment and AP courses are offered at the high school level. Art, music and physical education are taught by certified specialists in all grades. Geneseo High School offers a wide variety of courses in the vocational/technical, academic, and fine arts disciplines. Students have the opportunity to take a wide-ranging selection of elective courses to meet students' particular interests and career goals. Geneseo High School's extra-curricular programs in music and athletics are known throughout the State of Illinois. Students attend Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Illinois, and University of Iowa, Augustana College, St. Ambrose and other public and state schools in Illinois and neighboring colleges/universities. Over 90% of graduating seniors move on to continuing education earning certificates, two year or four year degrees. Students earn honors as National Merit Scholars, Illinois State Scholars, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Other District awards and recognitions from 2007-10 include:
Hammond Henry Hospital is a public district hospital located on the northwest side of Geneseo. Its roots are traced to 1901 when John C. Hammond purchased the Northwestern Normal Dormitory and presented it the City of Geneseo for the purpose of establishing a hospital. Hammond also provided a $1,000 check to renovate the building and the hospital opened its doors by the end of the year. For the next 109 years, Hammond-Henry Hospital has continued to serve the community of Geneseo and the surrounding area by providing quality health care services. In 2002, a medical office area was constructed which brought all of the local doctors into the hospital building. This addition also included a surgery center, which allowed for growth in surgery and outpatient procedures. By 2004, a building addition replaced an aging inpatient care unit with a third floor addition, which provides medical/ surgical care, critical care, and a women's health and birthing center. All but one of the 23 medical/surgical rooms is private, and encourages family members and visitors to be a part of a patient's care and recovery. Designed with a focus on a healing environment, the third floor's "Patient Comfort Project" uses natural colors, wood tones and natural light to complement the personal attention provided by the nursing and medical staffs. In July of 2010, the hospital broke ground on an estimated $20 million dollar addition and will include an assisted living wing with other expanded services.
The Geneseo Park District provides the community award winning facilities and programs, recently receiving National Recreation and Park Association Awards for Facility Renovation, Website Design, Partnership Programming, and Health & Fitness Promotion. The Park District encompasses 144 square miles and is governed by a Board of 5 elected Commissioners who serve 4-year terms.
The District owns and operates a 58,000 square foot Community Center that houses a Cardio/Weight Room with state-of-the art fitness equipment. Two full size basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, an indoor walking/running track and several programming rooms are available to the public 7 days a week. Locker rooms, a sauna, and a large lounge area provide customers with convenient and comfortable amenities.
The Center's Indoor Pool is open year round for open swim, lap swim, fitness classes and private parties. The Outdoor Pool provides summer aquatic fun to Geneseo with water slides, diving boards, bathhouse and concession area.
The Geneseo Park District operates Central Theater. Located in Downtown Geneseo, this historic 80-year-old theater continues to offer current film entertainment on the big screen. Renovated in 1996, the theater seats 178 and offers Sony Dynamic Digital Surround Sound.
The Athletic Field, an 8-acre park, currently serves as the host to Geneseo Youth Football, Geneseo Middle School (GMS) 8th grade football, and Geneseo High School (GHS) Frosh-Soph tennis. The Geneseo Park District runs youth sports programs such as flag football, tennis, and golf at the Athletic Field.
The mission of the Geneseo Park District is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing a positive recreational experience for all.