Category: General Press Releases

National Community Development Week Marked With Atrium Display

National Community Development Week is an annual celebration of the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships program during the Congressional Easter Recess. This year National Community Development Week was held during the week of April 2-6.  In order to highlight the impact programs like the CBDG and the HOME Investment Partnerships […]


Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Truckload Sale

Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Truckload Sale The City of Champaign in partnership with the City of Urbana and the University of Illinois Extension are hosting a One Day Truckload Sale for those interested in purchasing rain barrels or compost bins. The sale will be 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at 208 […]


Property Crimes Investigation Leads to Felony Theft Arrest

After several months of property crime investigation, Champaign Police arrested 43-year-old Urbana man, Kirit Patel for the offense of Felony Theft, for his involvement in the sale, resale, and possession of stolen property. Patel, who is the business owner of Krispy Krunchy Chicken (922 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign), is accused of using the restaurant to […]


UPDATE: Suspect Identified in April 6 Subway Restaurant Robbery

Champaign Police have identified 31-year-old Steven E. Johnson as the primary suspect in an armed robbery that took place Friday, April 6, 2018, at Subway Restaurant, located at 1101 N. Mattis Ave. Restaurant staff reported that on last Friday, at approximately 1:21 PM, the suspect entered the business and demanded money while implying a weapon.  An undetermined […]


Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery – Subway Restaurant (1101 N. Mattis Ave.)

Today, at approximately 1:21 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to Subway Restaurant, located at 1101 N. Mattis Ave. for a reported armed robbery. According to restaurant staff, a subject entered the location and demanded money while implying a weapon.  The subject took an undetermined amount of currency before fleeing the scene on foot.  No injuries were reported. […]


Arrest Made in Recent Robbery Investigations

On April, 3, 2018, at approximately 3:00 PM, Champaign Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested 39-year-old Marcellus Ward of Rantoul, for the offense of Armed Robbery. During the past week, multiple robberies occurred at local businesses within the Champaign-Urbana area, where a suspect entered the following locations and demanded money while […]


Champaign Fire Department and the Champaign Exchange Club Honor the 2017 Firefighter of the Year Recipient

The Champaign Fire Department and the Champaign Exchange Club will honor the 2017 Firefighter of the Year recipient, Battalion Chief Gary Gula, on April 9, 2018.  A ceremony will be held at O’Charley’s, 730 W. Town Center Blvd., from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Battalion Chief Gula has been nominated for his outstanding performance in creating […]


Police Conduct Homicide Investigation – 100 Block of Apricot Drive

On March 23, 2018, at approximately 12:09 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 100 block of Apricot Drive for a report of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located 18-year-old Ricky Green of Urbana, who suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound. On-scene medical care was immediately provided, and the victim was transported to an area hospital, […]


Police Encourage Safety this St. Patrick’s Day with “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

March 23, 2018 Update: Enforcement Results The Champaign Police Department announced the enforcement results of the joint Roadside Safety Check conducted in Champaign near the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Springfield Avenue from 9 pm to 2 am on St. Patrick’s Day. The Roadside Safety Check was a partnership with the Illinois State Police, the […]


City of Champaign’s Excellent AAA Debt Rating is Affirmed

The City of Champaign has once again received the highest rating possible from two financial industry leaders.  In its most recent report, Fitch Ratings affirmed the City’s AAA bond rating, with a stable outlook.  The City’s debt also carries a triple-A rating with a stable outlook from Moody’s Investors Services.  This is the fifth consecutive […]