Category: City Manager’s Office News

City Staff Offers Resources at disABILITY Resource Expo

On Saturday, October 15, the City of Champaign Community Relations Office and the Human Relations Commission partnered with the City of Urbana Human Relations Office and Urbana Human Relations Commission to host a resource table at the 10th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo, held at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign. The disABILITY Resource Expo is […]

Community Relations Staff Holds Presentations

Rachel Joy, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer, gave Human Rights Ordinance training to the Christian Women With Convictions (CWWC) reentry program at New Hope Church on Monday, October 17. The training was held in partnership with the Urbana Human Relations Officer. Presentation details focused on each city’s human rights ordinance and complaint process. Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer gave a CU […]

City of Champaign Ranked on Inclusive Policies

The Human Rights Campaign issues an annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score for hundreds of cities across the country, which measures how inclusive municipal policies, laws, and services are for LGBTQ individuals working and living there.  Champaign was one of 506 cities scored during the 2016 MEI and one of nine Illinois cities.  Champaign ranked in the top […]

Community Relations Staffer Receives NAACP “Unity in the Community” Award

Staff from the Community Relations Office attended the Champaign County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet held on October 14 at Hawthorne Suites.  During the banquet, Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer, received the “Unity in the Community Award” for his ongoing commitment to the Champaign Community. The office also sponsored a joint ad with the Urbana Human Relations […]

Citizen Review Working Group Hosts Community Dialogue Meetings

Community Relations Manager Tracy Parsons served as the moderator for two Community Dialogue Meetings held on Monday, October 10 and Thursday, October 13.  The meetings focused on the work of the Citizen Review Working Group to determine the need for a Civilian Review Board.  The working group is comprised of community stakeholders and City staff, which […]

CU Fresh Start Targets Guns, Hosts First Call-in

On Thursday, October 6, the Community Coalition held its first call-in of the CU Fresh Start initiative. CU Fresh Start is a new approach designed to focus on offenders with a history of violent, gun-related behaviors. Through this approach, individuals will be “called in” to a meeting with community members where they are given a […]

Reentry Resource Fair

Reentry Resource Fair On Tuesday, October 11, staff from the Community Relations Office (CRO) attended the Champaign County Reentry Resource Fair held at the Illinois Terminal. The purpose of this event was to offer a “one-stop-shop” venue to link citizens returning to the community after incarceration, to local resources which may be able to help […]

Rev. Dr. Martin King, Jr. Countywide Celebration Call for Nominations Coming Soon!

Rev. Dr. Martin King, Jr. Countywide Celebration Call for Nominations Coming Soon! The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017 at Parkland College. The theme for the 2017 event is:  “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Each year, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana […]

CU Fresh Start Holds First Call-In Meeting to Address Local Gun Violence

  The CU Fresh Start initiative held its first “Call-In” meeting on the evening of October 6, 2016.  The Call-In was a powerful face-to-face meeting of law enforcement representatives, community members and social service providers sending a clear message to nine targeted offenders, their street groups, gangs, and associates.  Their message – “The gun violence […]

Champaign Connection Airs Episode 53

On the latest episode of Champaign Connection, Lock It, Hide It, Keep It – that’s the latest message the police department wants to share with the community. There has been an increase in vehicle and residential burglaries around the area this year. We’ll find out how the police department is responding to these outbreaks and […]