Category: Legal Department News

City Receives Payment from Kraft Foods

On January 23, the City received a check for $209,720 from Kraft Foods. This check represents one in a series of annual payments that Kraft was obligated to make as the result of the settlement of a 1987 annexation lawsuit. The City negotiated the settlement for a continuing escalating payment (1.5% each year) based upon […]

Paralegal Profiled in Legal Textbook

Paralegal Profiled in Legal Textbook Susan Wozniak, Paralegal in the Legal Department was featured in a recent text entitled “Introduction to Paralegal Studies A Critical Thinking Approach” Sixth Edition by Katherine A. Currier, Professor Emeritus Elms College and Thomas E. Eimermann, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University.  The authors included a several page “paralegal profile” concerning […]

City Attorney Recognized for Providing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Citizens

City Attorney Recognized for Providing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Citizens Assistant City Attorney Kathryn Cataldo joined the City of Champaign Legal Department in October 2016. She came to the City’s Legal Department from a firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. During her time there, she was given the opportunity to provide legal services to […]

Legal Journal Publishes Article Written by City’s Law Clerk

Hasan Saddiqui has been working in the City’s Legal Department as a Law Clerk since June 2017.  Hasan has recently had the privilege of having an article published in the Journal of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association entitled “The Sky’s the Limit? A Look at Drone Regulations?”  It is a unique accomplishment that a […]

City Completes Bristol Place Acquisitions

Staff from the Legal Department and Neighborhood Services closed on the last property acquisition in Bristol Place on Friday, September 29. 82 properties in Bristol have now been acquired by the City of Champaign. John and Gail Shivers were the last residents to be relocated at part of the Bristol Place Project, and have purchased […]

Legal Department Gives Backpacks to Give Back

On December 5, the Legal Department participated in the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen’s annual backpack giveaway.  This is the 8th year that Daily Bread has given away backpacks to the men and women they serve.  For many, these backpacks will be their only Christmas present. The Legal Department stuffed four backpacks with toiletries such as […]

International Association Honors City Attorney Fred Stavins for 35 Years of Service

In a ceremony held during their 81st Annual Conference on September 30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California, the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) presented Champaign City Attorney Frederick Stavins with the James H. Epps, III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community. Fred has served as the City […]

City Offers Convenient New Way to Pay for City Ordinance Violations

The City of Champaign is pleased to now offer a convenient, online payment option for those ticketed for violating the City of Champaign Municipal Code.  This new service allows those receiving ordinance violation tickets to easily pay online at  Online payment options include credit and debit cards, online bank accounts, PayPal, and PayPal Credit.  […]