City of Champaign News

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 […]






Suspect Arrested in Blow Dart Incidents – (300 Block of S. First St. and 400 Block of E. John)

A suspect was arrested today in connection with two incidents involving pedestrians being struck by blow darts in the University of Illinois campus area on August 20, 2013. An anonymous tip led Champaign police detectives to Todd Farthing, 19, of Champaign.  Farthing was located at Parkland College and later arrested at the Champaign Police Department […]