City of Champaign News

A Bristol Park Neighborhood Steering Committee was formed in December 20, 2011 from neighborhood stakeholders. Members on the Steering Committee include neighborhood church leaders, neighborhood businesses and non profits, Human Kinetics, Park District, U of I College of Law, Housing Authority, Tenant Union, and neighborhood residents. This group is currently meeting monthly with City staff….
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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 915 W. Marketview $2,000,000.00 02/27/12 Sam’s Real Estate Bus. Trust/Alteration – Retail (Sam’s Club) 501 S. Sixth St. $3,057,000.00 02/27/12 DCB Mansions LLC/New MultiFamily

Officers Jonathan Westfield and Christopher Chambers served as exhibitors at the Illinois State University social sciences fair on February 29th in Bloomington, IL. The departments of Criminal Justice Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work hosted a collaborative career/internship fair in order to provide to students the opportunity to meet with employers. The event was held…
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Champaign Police Officer Jonathan Westfield is spending the week at Lincoln’s Challenge Academy conducting anti-bullying presentations. Officer Westfield will have met with approximately 500 youth from February 27th – March 1st. Presentations are conducted bi-annually at the academy. Officer Ed Wachala and Detective Pat Kelly will conduct presentations on “fingerprinting” and crime prevention at the…
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Several community members, including Champaign’s School Resource Officer Jonathan Westfield, participated in the annual African-American Read-In at Yankee Ride Elementary School. In honor of Black History Month, a group of community leaders were invited to read books to students and stress the importance of reading.  

During a normal winter season construction activity would begin at the end of March, but due to the unseasonably warm weather, O’Neil Brothers began construction on February 13, 2012. Currently they are nearing the intersection of John Street and Highland Drive. If good weather continues to hold, O’Neil Brothers should continue their progress towards the…
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Earlier this month the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Federal grant recipients for the 2011 Funding Cycle. Among the recipients were two projects submitted by the City back in December 2010 as identified in the SRTS Plan for Stratton School. The City received $122,900 to install pedestrian crossing improvements…
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The Illinois Institute for Local Government Law has recently announced its awards for the Year 2012, one of which has been awarded to City Attorney Frederick C. Stavins. Fred received the Institute’s Annual Innovation Award on February 20, 2012 at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Naperville. He is a current Board Member and former President…
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The Neighborhood Services Department, in partnership with United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association, are working together to develop a neighborhood improvement plan to address ongoing challenges impacting neighborhood livability. The plan will outline short, medium, and long term goals in key areas such as housing, public safety, public works, infrastructure and parks and open space. The…
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