Category: General Press Releases

City Offices Closed on 1/20/14

City offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Emergency services (Police, Fire, METCAD) will continue normal operations. City services will reopen on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Have a safe holiday weekend.

Hen Ordinance Update

On December 3, 2013 City Council adopted an ordinance that allows residents to raise up to six hens under specific conditions. Since that time, Staff has been answering inquiries from residents, speaking with the media and entering information into the City’s licensing software. The ordinance requires a coop license to be issued prior to a […]

News Release: City Addressing Potholes

CITY ADDRESSING POTHOLES Champaign – City crews have completed the majority of potholes on primary routes and serious potholes in other areas. Crews will now move into secondary streets and continue to respond to service requests as they come in. Citizens are encouraged to report problem areas to the Public Works Department.Public Works can be […]

Sales Tax Rate Update

  The City increased its Home-Rule Sales Tax by 0.25% effective January 1, 2014 to increase Police and Fire services.   The overall sales tax rate for most purchases in the City of Champaign is as follows:   State: 5.00% City Share of State: 1.00% County Share of State: 0.25% County-Public Safety: 0.25% County-School Facility: […]

News Release: City to Conduct Downtown Snow Cleanup

CITY TO CONDUCT DOWNTOWN SNOW CLEANUP   In an effort to remove snow-pack from the Downtown area, Public Works will be closing major streets in and out of the downtown area from on Saturday, January 11, 2014 and Sunday, January 12, 2014 between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. These streets include Neil St., Walnut […]

2014 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

The cities of Champaign and Urbana, Champaign County Board, Parkland College and the University of Illinois would like to invite you to attend the 13th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration on Friday, January 17, 2014, 4 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign. This year’s theme is: “A […]

News Release: City Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance

SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL As of 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the Public Works Director has declared that the sidewalk snow and ice removal requirement in the Downtown and Campustown areas is in effect. Due to the winter storm, snow has accumulated to 2 inches or more on sidewalks. In order to make the sidewalks […]

News Release: City Services to Resume Normal Operations

CITY SERVICES TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS Champaign – The City of Champaign will resume normal operations Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The City Building will reopen at 8:00 a.m. City employees have been encouraged, as with all citizens to use caution when traveling, especially from rural areas. The City will have many employees working on the […]

News Release: City of Champaign Snow Response

CITY OF CHAMPAIGN SNOW RESPONSE  Champaign — The City of Champaign Public Works Department continues to address the snowfall from Sunday’s storm. The Illinois State Water Survey reported 6.3” of new snowfall during the last 24 hours. This snow was accompanied by gusty winds, which created drifting situations. As of this morning, all primary routes […]

Info Sharing: List of Warming Shelters

The National Weather Service is forecasting extremely cold temperatures with wind chills that are life threatening. If you do not have adequate heat in your home, please seek shelter with a friend or family member. There are several entities who are opening their buildings as warming centers, please take advantage of them if you need […]