Category: Legal Department News

City of Champaign Announces Proposed Settlement in Benjamin Mann Case

At their December 15, 2015, meeting, the Champaign City Council will consider approving a settlement to a lawsuit filed by Benjamin Mann against the City of Champaign, the Champaign Police Department, and seven police officers (Case No. 14-cv-2200).  The proposed $225,000 settlement would release all claims against the City and police, but does not admit […]

Mahomet Aquifer as Sole Source Aquifer

The intergovernmental coalition to promote the designation of the Mahomet Aquifer as a Sole Source Aquifer pursuant to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act continues to gain momentum. Angela Adams from Public Works, Joe Hooker from the Legal Department, and Allen Wehrmann, representing Layne Hydro, the private water resource consultant that prepared the Coalition’s petition […]

Kraft continues to pay City under Settlement Agreement and Annexation Agreement

The City received a check for $194,674.45 from Kraft Foods on November 20, 2012. 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 […]

Town Hall Meeting on Aquifer

Protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from the threat of a proposed PCB landfill near Clinton was the subject of a town hall meeting on May 18th at the Beckman Institute Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. Assistant City Attorney, Joe Hooker, who led the discussion, explained how the coalition of local governments will pursue, in […]

City Attorney Wins Award

The Illinois Institute for Local Government Law has recently announced its awards for the Year 2012, one of which has been awarded to City Attorney Frederick C. Stavins. Fred received the Institute’s Annual Innovation Award on February 20, 2012 at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Naperville. He is a current Board Member and former President […]