Category: General Press Releases

Ten Residents Apply to Fill District 4 Council Seat

The City of Champaign received ten applications to fill the upcoming vacancy in the District 4 City Council office.  The application deadline was 12:00 p.m. today. In alphabetical order, the applicants are: Amanda E. Bloomfield Jared Fritz Don Gerard Lisa Gundersen Michael Markstahler Kimberley A. Nystrom Joe Petry Mary Shultz Benjamin Daniel Smith Greg Stock […]

Champaign Public Library Director Search Reopened

The Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees announced today they have reopened their search for a new Library Director.  Applications can be completed on the City of Champaign’s website.  Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2016.  “Though our last recruitment didn’t result in filling this critical position, the process and accompanying input from all […]

Keep Champaign Streets Safe This St. Patrick’s Day – Don’t Drink and Drive

Contact: Sgt. Geoff Coon, 217-403-6934, geoffrey.coon@ci.champaign.il.us Widely celebrated across the country, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those deaths is preventable. So today, the Champaign Police Department […]

Land Connection Farmer’s Market

The City of Champaign was a proud sponsor of the Land Connection Farmer’s Market debut season last summer.  The market was held downtown on Tuesday evenings from May to October and provided those living or working downtown with easy access to fresh local produce, crafts, prepared foods, and many other items. The Land Connection operates […]

Ongoing Investigation by Street Crimes Task Force Results in 3 Arrests, Ammunition and Drug Seizures

Contact: Lt. Dave Shaffer, 217-403-7030, david.shaffer@ci.champaign.il.us On March 9, 2016, Police made three arrests following search warrants that were served in conjunction with on-going investigations by the Street Crimes Task Force (SCTF) and with assistance from METRO SWAT and Champaign Police SWAT units. Arrested was 25-year-old Martez L. Taylor and 25-year-old Darius M. Erving, of 1405 Eater Drive, […]

Law Enforcement Agencies Release “Unofficial” 2016 Statistics

Contact: Sgt. Joe Ketchem, 217-403-6981, joe.ketchem@ci.champaign.il.us Area law enforcement agencies and University of Illinois officials urged safety and responsibility for the annual “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day, held in the campus area of the University of Illinois on March 4, 2016. Routine bar checks, canvassing of campus, and wellness checks of participants were some of the proactive measures officials […]

Public Works February Service Requests

Citizens and City staff submitted 208 total requests during February 2016.  This was a 7% increase from January’s 194 calls.  The chart below tracks the number of requests recorded each day by staff. Citizens using the mobile phone application, SeeClickFix, reported 25 (12%) of the issues. The sewer section responded to 23 (11%) sewer-related calls […]

Spring Storms Trigger False Alarms – Avoid Fines by Keeping Alarm System Permits Current

Contact:  Ronnie Lauria-Heugel, 217-403-6995 veronica.lauria-heugel@ci.champaign.il.us Spring Storms Trigger False Alarms – Avoid Fines by Keeping Alarm System Permits Current   This notice comes as reminder to residents to register your alarm system, especially as the Spring Storm season is underway.  Heavy rain and high winds are often the culprit of false alarms and may cost hefty […]

Street Crimes Task Force Arrests Urbana Man for Weapons Offense

Contact:  Lt. Dave Shaffer, 217-403-7030 david.shaffer@ci.champaign.il.us Street Crimes Task Force Arrests Urbana Man for Weapons Offense On March 3, 2016, the Street Crimes Task Force (SCTF), with the assistance of the METRO SWAT Team, arrested 28-year-old Pierre Renfro of Urbana, following a court authorized search warrant for a residence in the 1000 block of Austin Dr., […]

Police Make Fourteen Burglary Arrests in Two Months

Contact: Lt. Dave Shaffer, 217-403-7030 david.shaffer@ci.champaign.il.us Police Make Fourteen Burglary Arrests in Two Months The Champaign Police Department has seen a significant increase in crimes involving motor vehicle and residential burglaries. During January and February of 2016 there have been a total of 95 Residential Burglaries and 68 Burglaries to Motor Vehicles (BMVs). Police have […]