City of Champaign News

Upcoming Road Closures for Downtown Parade of Lights

UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES FOR  DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS Champaign – The Champaign Center Partnership will be hosting the 13th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 30, 2013. To accommodate the parade route the following streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m.: • Neil Street between University […]


2013 Fall Tree Planting

The Forestry Section has completed their Fall 2013 tree planting. In the month of November, they planted 104 trees throughout the City including varieties of hybrid elm, tuliptree, black maple, japanese tree lilac, bald cypress, planetree, and zelkova. In all, trees were planted in twenty-one different sections of the City with section 20 which had […]


Champaign Connection – Episode 38

 The 38th episode of Champaign Connection airs thru the end of January. Operations Supervisor Arnie Morrison explains the hard work and long hours that Public Works crews put in every winter to keep Champaign’s streets clear of ice and snow. Find out what happens behind the scenes and what you can do to make their […]




Champaign Police Respond to Check Welfare and Shots Heard Call (2000 Block of Cynthia Drive)

On November 23, 2013, at approximately 11:50 AM, Champaign Police officers responded to a “check welfare” call due to loud noises and possible gunshots heard coming from an apartment, located in the 2000 block of Cynthia Drive. Upon arrival, officers also heard sounds coming from the apartment which resembled gunshots and attempted to make contact […]


City Manager to Re-Launch Nationwide Search for Fire Chief; Captain Dave Ferber to Serve as Acting Fire Chief

Today, City Manager Dorothy Ann David announced that a nationwide search will resume for the position of Fire Chief. The initial nationwide search resulted in five (5) finalists interviewed for the position and they were: Stephen Clarkson, Richard Ennis, Charles Lauss, George Sheets and James Trainor. After thoughtful consideration of the candidates and feedback provided […]


Church Street Lane Closure

In order to accommodate a crane for a material delivery at 217 N. Neil St. (Hyatt Place hotel), English Brothers will close the eastbound lane of Church Street between Neil Street and Randolph Street on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Westbound traffic will remain open during this work.


Champaign Council to Participate in the Parade of Lights

On Tuesday, November 26, the Champaign City Council Members will begin the decoration for the upcoming Parade of Lights at the Champaign Public Works building from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Council Members will begin decorating a City truck in preparation of the November 30, Parade of Lights. On Saturday, November 30, the Champaign City Council Members will participate […]