Community Relations Office

The Community Relations Office services as an important link between the City Manager’s Office and the community. The Community Relations team ensures equal opportunity and fair treatment for citizens through education regarding and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and Equal Opportunity and Purchasing Ordinance.  The Community Relations Office also provides staff support for the City’s Human Relations Commission.



The Community Relations Office sponsors two major events annually and participates in several community-building activities throughout the year.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration
– Honors Champaign County individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions, consistent with the philosophy and mission of Dr. King in community service, humanitarian work and the promotion of equal rights.


Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards
– A celebration recognizing the achievements of Champaign County’s international commitment to agriculture, hospitality, humanitarian relief, human rights, research/education, trade and business.

Human Relations Commission

The Community Relations Office provides staff support for the City’s Human Relations Commission.  This nine member panel is responsible for promoting and advising the Champaign City Council on human rights and equal opportunity issues.  Click here for more information about the Human Relations Commission, including meeting agendas and minutes.

  • Lyonel LaGrone, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer
  • Community Relations Office

    Lyonel LaGrone, Jr., MBA
    Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer

    City of Champaign
    102 N Neil Street
    Champaign, IL 61820

    (tel) 217.403.8830
    (fax) 217.403.8835
    Email Mr. LaGrone

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