Category: City Manager’s Office News

City Hosts Forum With Media Representatives

On April 12, 2017, the City’s Communications Advisory Committee (CAC) hosted a meet-and-greet event between City leaders and members of the local media.  Communications Manager Jeff Hamilton facilitated the meeting, which was undertaken as a way to strengthen the City’s relationship with local media outlets.  Fourteen members of the local media from nine different organizations attended. […]

Board & Commission Webpages Get a Makeover

On April 3, the newly redesigned Board and Commission webpages went live to the public.  Incorporating a colorful new design, each Board/Commission page includes a large banner image, information about the Board/Commission, and contact information for its members.  Improvements to the website backend also makes updating the pages faster, easier, and more consistent. Before    […]

CU Fresh Start Holds Second Call-In to Address Gun Violence

CU Fresh Start held its second Call-In meeting on March 9, 2017. At the Call-In, law enforcement representatives, community members and social service providers met face-to-face with eleven individuals who are known to be involved in local gun-related incidents and shootings. The message was clear and direct – “The gun violence in our community must […]

CGTV Televises Candidate Forum for Council Districts 2 and 5

On Wednesday, March 1, CGTV produced a live telecast of the candidate forum for council districts 2 and 5. The event was held in City Council Chambers to provide information to the public before the April 4 election. It was hosted and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the NAACP of Champaign […]

New Episode of Champaign Connection 

Episode 55 of the City’s award-winning show Champaign Connection debuted last week and runs through the end of March.  In this episode: Learn how the Neighborhood Services Department promotes greater community awareness through the Neighbors of Champaign website – neighborsofchampaign.com. This one-stop center helps connect and support civic engagement in neighborhoods across the City. Learn how […]

New Liquor Commissioner Webpages Launched

The refresh of the City’s website continues and the redesigned Liquor Commissioner’s Office pages were published to the website on January 22, 2017.  The new layout breaks liquor-related information into user-friendly sections, and features fillable-PDF applications and forms. The site also includes links to the Liquor Code, Liquor Commissioner’s Rules, and State Liquor Control Commission.

City of Champaign Joins “Nextdoor”

Last week, the City of Champaign was approved for an agency account on the popular social media platform Nextdoor.  Nextdoor – a system that uses geographical areas to promote conversation between neighbors – has been increasingly used by Champaign residents, and currently has more than 5,200 members in the Champaign area.  The ability to communicate directly to targeted […]

CGTV Staff Televises Police Department Press Conference

The Communications Division recorded the January 12, 2017, Police Department press conference regarding the 2014 homicide investigation of Rakim Vineyard. The video played on CGTV immediately after the press conference and was also posted on the City’s website.  Going forward, the Communications Division intends to regularly televise City press conferences in order to provide the […]

Champaign Finance Director Announces Retirement

Richard Schnuer, Finance Director for the City of Champaign, has announced his plans to retire effective March 3, 2017. Upon making his announcement, Schnuer said, “I am honored to have had such a long and meaningful career of public service to the residents of the City of Champaign.  I am proud to have helped implement […]

City Redesigning Website to Improve User Experience – URL Changed to champaignil.gov

The City of Champaign is pleased to announce a redesign of the City’s main website is underway which will enhance the public’s access to information and online services, while also improving the functionality of the site on mobile phones and tablets.  The redesign features a clean, modern design, improved navigation, increased content, and implementation of […]