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During the February 21, 2017, City Council meeting, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen made the following comments: “Over the last several weeks, a number of residents have reached out to my fellow City Council Members and me with concerns about the President’s Executive Orders pertaining to refugee immigration and federal immigration enforcement. While information about how these Orders might impact our local community remain uncertain, we recognize that during times like this, it is important for our residents to hear from their local officials. “I want to reassure our residents that the City of Champaign remains committed to fostering a friendly and welcoming community for all who choose to live here. We are proud of our strong, diverse, and inclusive community – one that works together to improve the quality of life and promote equal opportunities for all. We encourage our residents to continue to foster the type of community we all want to live in; a community free of fear and intimidation. We applaud those who embrace our community’s diversity and show unconditional respect for one another. Now more than ever is the time for our residents to extend a neighborly hand and share reassuring words of encouragement to those facing adversity. - more - “The City’s Community Relations Office will partner with the C-U Immigration Forum and state human rights organizations to collaboratively support our local immigrant community. The City will participate in public forums and outreach events to educate our residents about immigrant rights and what to do if you’ve been discriminated against. “The City of Champaign remains committed to ensuring an individual’s human rights are upheld and protected. The City has a strong Human Rights Ordinance which ensures our residents are treated in a fair and equitable manner, regardless of religion or national origin. Anyone who feels they’ve been discriminated against is encouraged to contact the City’s Community Relations Office at 217-403-8830. We want everyone who lives, works, and plays in Champaign to be successful - to know they are welcome here - and to feel at home.”
Contact: Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen | 217-403-8720
At their meeting on February 21, 2017, the Champaign City Council will consider approving two legal settlements. The first would settle a lawsuit filed by Precious Jackson against the City of Champaign and three police officers. The proposed $250,000 settlement would release all claims against the City and the officers. In her suit, Jackson alleged that while she was being arrested on May 26, 2014, a Champaign police officer used excessive force against her. The settlement was without admission of liability by the City or its officers. The lawsuit will be dismissed. The second would settle a lawsuit filed by Kyle O’Brien against the City of Champaign and two police officers. The proposed $175,000 settlement would release all claims against the City and the officers. In his suit, O’Brien alleged that while being arrested on August 31, 2013, a Champaign police officer used excessive force against him. A trial on the matter took place in November 2016, which ended in a deadlocked jury. The settlement, after mediation by the Federal District Court, was without admission of liability by the City or its officers. The lawsuit will be dismissed. “In each of these cases, both the City and the plaintiffs saw the benefit of avoiding the additional expense of litigation and agreed on a settlement,” reports City Attorney Fred Stavins. “We carefully reviewed all the facts in each case, and analyzed the legal fees associated with further defending the City and the officers against these allegations. The proposed settlements were found to be in the best interests of all involved.” The Council Bills and Reports to Council relative to the proposed settlements are available for review on the City’s website (champaignil.gov/council).
Media Contact: Fred Stavins Phone: 217-403-8765 firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Council agenda for the February 21, 2017 Regular Council Meeting is now available online. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building, 102 N. Neil Street in Champaign, at 7:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and participation is welcome and encouraged.
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