City of Champaign News


Arrest Made in Sexual Abuse Investigation

Champaign Police have arrested Herbert J. Howard, a Unit #4 School District employee, wanted in connection with a sexual abuse allegation involving a 13-year-old student. On the afternoon of January 28, 2014, Howard reported to the Champaign Police Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Howard was subsequently questioned by an investigator and […]


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

The 13th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration was held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Hilton Garden Inn. The theme this year was, “A Future Filled with Fast and Marvelous Opportunities”.  This commemorative annual event is dedicated to recognizing excellence in community service and humanitarianism by individuals and organizations in our […]


Total 2013 FOIA Request

On January 8, 2014, the City received a written request from Steve Hoffman, Editor of the Piatt County Journal-Republican (Journal), for the total number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests received by the City in 2013. This request was made for a story being assembled for the Journal to include the City and other […]


909 S. Fifth (Sherman Hall)

CFD Fire Information Report Narrative: Champaign and Urbana Fire Departments responded to a report of smoke & flames in room 657 of Sherman Hall. Fire crews were approached by the occupant of the fire room, who gave direction to room 655. There was light smoke in the common hall of the 6th floor, and heavy […]


Burnham County Market Development Agreement Concluded

In 2006, the City Council approved a development agreement with Neimann Foods for development of the grocery store space associated with the Burnham Redevelopment project.  The agreement provided for the reimbursement of local sales and food and beverage taxes for a period of 5 years beginning from the date of operation or up to $715,000, […]


Warrant Issued in Sexual Abuse investigation

On November 22, 2013, the Champaign Police Department received a report regarding a sexual abuse allegation involving a 13-year-old student and a staff member for Unit #4 school district. The alleged incident occurred on November 8, 2013, at Edison Middle School, located at 306 West Green Street, Champaign, Illinois, during school hours. Since the initial […]


January 28, 2014 Regular Study Session & Closed Session

The City Council agenda for the January 28, 2014 Regular Study Session & Closed Session is now available online. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building, 102 N. Neil St in Champaign, at 7:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and participation is welcome and encouraged. Download […]


Champaign Police Respond to Bomb Threat (1501 S. Neil Street)

On January, 23, 2014, at 12:56 p.m., Champaign police officers were dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1501 S. Neil Street, for a bomb threat. At approximately 12:54 p.m., an unknown man telephoned the hotel to report that a bomb had been placed inside the hotel. During the call, he also demanded money […]