City of Champaign News

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 […]


Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Training

Jean Algee, Community Development Specialist, attended a five day certification class for Asbestos Contractors/Supervisors on February 22-26 in Springfield, IL. The class included topics such as the background of Asbestos, Health Effects, Worker Protection, Respirator training, Insurance and Liability issues, Abatement Procedures, Safety Hazards, and Regulatory Requirements. Jean participated in constructing a containment unit and […]


Planning and Development, Plan Commission and Historic Preservation Commission Tour of Former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (Papa Del’s Pizza)

On February 20, members of the City of Champaign Historic Preservation Commission, Plan Commission and Planning and Development Department Staff attended a tour of the Former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant at 1201 South Neil Street. Over the past year, Robert Monti has restored and the historic Art Deco factory into the new home of Papa Del’s […]


CGTV Airs a New Program – Walk as One: The Champaign Community Coalition

The Champaign Community Coalition came into being 4 years ago in response to concerns regarding the communities most difficult social and economic issues. But, do we really know what the coalition does for our community? Tracy Parson, Facilitator for the Champaign Community Coalition, explains how a partnership with various organizations are coming together to solve […]


Randolph Street Lane Closure

In order to perform an emergency water service repair for Illinois American Water, Cross Construction has closed one northbound lane of Randolph Street between Springfield Avenue and White Street.  The lane closure started on Monday, February 29 and will reopen by Friday, March 11.  Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in the area.


Residential Fire – 1704 Scottsdale Drive

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 1704 Scottsdale Drive on February 26, 2016, at 1:35 p.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported light smoke coming from the residence.  Suppression efforts began immediately.  Crews quickly extinguished the fire. Twelve (12) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately twenty-six (26) emergency response […]


Entry-Level Police Officer Recruitment Update

On February 17, the Police and Human Resources Departments hosted a study session for those interested in taking the entry-level police officer written exam. Approximately 90 people participated in this voluntary session, which included a practice exam and an opportunity to ask questions and receive information about the test format and content. This study session was […]