Category: Legal Department News

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 Launches New Webpages

On June 26, the newly redesigned Legal Department Webpages were published to the City’s website. In addition to multiple pages of content and a new Meet the Staff page, the Legal Department added several new features to better serve the public. One of the new features is the Report Fraud page, which includes a FAQ […]

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 citycourtpayments.champaignil.gov.  Online payment options include credit and debit cards, online bank accounts, PayPal, and PayPal Credit.  […]

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 […]