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… (Read the Rest…)
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… (Read the Rest…)
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… (Read the Rest…)
Finance staff is preparing for the May 1 implementation of the Local Option Motor Fuel Tax. Staff has developed a detailed implementation plan to guide the process. The plan includes sending a letter, the ordinance, and a copy of “Frequently Asked Questions” to all affected retailers. Staff will host two “Open House” meetings with the… (Read the Rest…)
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… (Read the Rest…)
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… (Read the Rest…)
Foreclosure filings through December of 2011 are now reported. The chart below outlines the activity over the past few years. 2011 saw an average of 8.83 foreclosure filings per month, slightly higher than 2010. The increase is partially due to banks that had placed a moratorium on foreclosures to review paperwork now actively pursuing delinquent… (Read the Rest…)
Officer Jonathan Westfield also served as a panelist for the TALK Foundation’s community forum on anti-bullying held at the Champaign Public Library on February 20th. The TALK Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the safety and well-being of children in East Central Illinois and throughout the world.
Last week, Champaign Police officers Jonathan Westfield, Andre Davis, and Jeffrey Pickett attended two internship and career fairs at Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). At the UIS fair, Officer Westfield took the time to visit with Homer Simpson and the Mel-O-Cream team.