City of Champaign News


CGTV Staff Televises Police Department Press Conference

The Communications Division recorded the January 12, 2017, Police Department press conference regarding the 2014 homicide investigation of Rakim Vineyard. The video played on CGTV immediately after the press conference and was also posted on the City’s website.  Going forward, the Communications Division intends to regularly televise City press conferences in order to provide the […]


Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter

Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Programs staff attended the press conference regarding the Men’s Emergency Shelter that opened Friday, January 6, 2017 and will operate through March 6, 2017.  Previously, “pop-up” shelter facilities were offered in extreme temperatures (for men and women).  In 2016, the TIMES Center ended its Level 1 Program and the […]


Building Safety Division Experiences Another Record Year

Building Safety Division Experiences Another Record Year The City of Champaign’s Building Safety Division experienced a busy 2016, with over $219 million dollars in construction valuation, the third highest in the City of Champaign’s history.  In 2016 Building Safety performed a total of 9,580 inspections and issued 2,945 permits, including 143 new one and two-family […]


Champaign Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

Media Contact:  Lt. David Shaffer | 217-403-7030 | david.shaffer@champaignil.gov On November 14, 2016 and November 27, 2016, the Dollar General Store located at 3001 W. Bradley Ave. was robbed by an unknown male subject. During each robbery, the suspect displayed a handgun and escaped with an undetermined amount of currency. Champaign Police Detectives continued the investigation into these incidents […]



State Street Lane Closure

In order to repair a damaged water hydrant, Illinois American Water Company will be closing a northbound lane of State Street, just south of Kirby Avenue.  The closure will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, and will reopen on Friday, January 13, 2017, weather permitting.  Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in the […]


Helping to Make Our Roads Safe During the Holiday Season

The Champaign Police Department joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state of Illinois during the winter holiday season to educate citizens on the impact of drinking and driving and to help make the roadways safer.  During the enforcement detail, police issued the following citations: Seatbelt Citations – 5 […]