Category: General Press Releases

Songs and Family Letters Offer Personal Perspective on Civil War

A packet of loving letters exchanged by her great-great-grandparents brings a uniquely personal perspective to Judy Cook’s program of Civil War songs, images and writings. “One Man’s Civil War” will be presented at the Champaign Public Library on Sunday, July 29, from 2 to 3 p.m., in Robeson Pavilion Room A & B. The event, […]

UC2B Fiber Optic Network Expansion Opportunity

The Champaign-Urbana community has entered a competition to continue building one of the fastest broadband Internet networks in the country. Anchored by on-going construction of the UC2B network, local leaders are preparing a bid proposal for Champaign-Urbana to be one of six communities nationwide to split $200 million in funding from Gigabit Squared, an economic […]

City of Champaign Announces Information Technology Director Appointment

City Manager Steve Carter announced this morning that Mark Toalson has been appointed Information Technology Director effective July 1, 2012. He is currently serving as the City’s Assistant Director. “Mark Toalson offers a solid track record of demonstrated success of over 25 years of information technology experience in both the public and private sectors. His […]

Mayor Gerard Urges Governor Quinn to Veto Bag Bill

On July 3, Mayor Don Gerard met with Governor Quinn in Chicago to explain the City’s opposition to Senate Bill 3442, which would restrict the rights of Home Rule municipalities to limit the use of plastic bags. The Bill is on Governor Quinn’s desk, awaiting action. Quinn may consider an outright veto of the Bill, […]

Fourth of July Fireworks

Ban on Personal Fireworks The Champaign County Freedom Celebration Committee would like to remind the public that the Champaign Park District and Parkland College prohibit the possession of fireworks on their property. For the safety of everyone attending the Freedom Celebration activities, no fireworks will be allowed at Parkland College, Dodds Park or Heritage Park. […]

Mayor Gerard Stands Up for City’s Right to Regulate Plastic Bags

Mayor Don Gerard will be traveling to Chicago on July 3 to participate in a 10 a.m. press conference outside the Governor’s Office expressing opposition to a Bill that would restrict the rights of Home Rule municipalities to limit the use of plastic bags. Following the press conference, he will meet with the Governor’s staff […]

Emergency Closure of Olympian Drive between Prospect Avenue and Market Street

Due to a pavement failure, the City has closed Olympian Drive between Prospect Avenue and Market Street. The pavement failure was caused by the hot temperatures over the last several days. The City of Champaign Public Works Department has initiated efforts to repair the pavement. A press release will be issued when Olympian Drive is […]

Enjoy Community Fireworks Celebrations

Leave Fireworks to Certified Professionals More fires are reported on our nation’s birthday, July 4th, than on any other day in the United States. In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. “This Fourth of July, enjoy the neighborhood parades, the backyard […]

Building Safety Office Hours Change

Champaign Fire Department/Building Safety New Inspector Office Hours Beginning July 2, 2012 Monday – Friday 7:30 to 8:30 am and 3:30 to 4:30 pm New office hours for the Champaign Fire Department’s Building Safety Division allow greater flexibility for providing field inspections and jobsite meetings. Office appointments may be scheduled for any time. Questions: (217) […]

Emerald Ash Borer in the City of Champaign

On June 15, 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed an EAB infestation along Market Street, just south of Interstate 74. The Illinois Department of Agriculture continues to designate Champaign County as a quarantine zone. This means that the movement of all “regulated articles” (ash trees and all non-coniferous firewood) outside of the quarantine zoned […]