City of Champaign News

Planning Staff & Council Representative Visit KraftHeinz Corporate Office

On Thursday, February 25, representatives from Planning and Development staff, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation accompanied Councilmember Tom Bruno on a visit to the new Chicago corporate headquarters of KraftHeinz.  The visit was designed to meet with company executives to better understand their recent merger and to express […]


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., […]



Neil Street and Columbia Avenue Lane Closures (Revised Dates)

In order to repair a sanitary sewer interceptor, Urbana Champaign Sanitary District and Stark Excavating will be closing lanes at the intersection of Neil Street and Columbia Avenue: – Northbound and southbound Neil Street traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  Lanes will shift near the intersection of Columbia Avenue. – Eastbound […]


Vacant Structure Secured After Open to Intrusion

On February 22, Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones was doing a routine check on the vacant structure in the 700 block of West Vine Street and found it open to intrusion.  The home had previously been declared condemned in October 2015 due to a lack of electrical service.  At that time, the City found 3-4 individuals living […]



“Spirit of Caring” Award

On Friday, February 26, the United Way recognized members of the Emergency Shelter for Families (ESF) Steering Team with a “Spirit of Caring” award at their 92nd Annual Meeting & Celebration at the I-Hotel and Conference Center.  The United Way honored the group for the work on the Emergency Shelter for Families Steering Team over […]


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 […]