City of Champaign News

Church Street and Neil Street Lane Closures

In order to set a crane and place precast panels at 217 N. Neil St. (Hyatt Place hotel), English Brothers will be closing the following lanes of Church Street and Neil Street adjacent to the property:  Tuesday, September 3 (EASTBOUND LANE OF CHURCH ST) The eastbound lane of Church Street will be closed between Randolph […]


August Service Requests

The Public Works Department saw a decrease in service requests submitted during the month of August. Citizens and City staff submitted 342 total requests during August 2013. The count decreased by 81 (-19%) compared to the 423 requests that were received during the month of July. The chart below tracks the number of requests recorded […]


City Partners with Champaign Center Partnership and Community Elements to launch “Make Real Change” Campaign

The Champaign Center Partnership and Community Elements in conjunction with the City of Champaign launched the “Make Real Change” program on August 16th.  This program aims to bring awareness to the issue of aggressive panhandling in the Downtown and Campustown districts as well as provide donation points enabling the public to “redirect their giving”.  The […]


Permits Issued:

The following commercial permits were issued this week. Each permit has an estimated cost of construction of $300,000 or more. Address Cost of Construction Date Issued Owner or Developer / Business 307 E. Daniel $2,686,827.00 08/29/13 Campus Investors/Multifamily


Workforce Diversity

The Community Relations Office and the Public Works Department are continuing efforts to increase the number of minority and female contractors and workforce diversity on City projects.  The City departments partnered to host a Minority/Majority Contracting Luncheon on Thursday, August 29th.  In attendance were Mayor Don Gerard, Councilman Will Kyles, City staff and minority/majority owned […]


Library Summer Program: 3.5 Million Minutes of Reading

The Library’s summer reading games kept more than 4,400 kids and teens reading from June to mid-August, reaching a remarkable total of more than 3.5 million minutes. That is the equivalent of 2,446 days or 6.7 years. An additional 180 adults joined in reading a total of 1,125 books. Funding for prizes for children and […]


Affordable Care Act

Implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act continues, requiring considerable Human Resources Department (HR) staff time to insure that the City is compliant with provisions of the Act. The Act is progressively implemented over a period of years, with milestones and requirements that must be met each year. The City has met all requirements of […]


Police Arrest Suspect for Making Terrorist-Like Threats

 Champaign police arrested a University of Illinois student for making terrorist-like threats to other students. On August 31, 2013, officers responded to a home in the 200 Block of E. Armory for a resident making terrorist-like threats.  According to witnesses, DANY SAMMAK, 19, of Champaign made repeated terrorist-like threats against other residents and the University […]