City of Champaign News

Champaign Firefighter of the Year Recipients Announced

The Champaign Fire Department and the Champaign Exchange Club will honor the 2015 Fire Fighter of the Year recipients, Lieutenant William Painter, Engineer Courtney Moravek, and Firefighter Matt Boulos, on March 14, 2016. A ceremony will be held at O’Charley’s, 730 W. Town Center Blvd., from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. -30- Contact: Randy Smith | 217-403-7212 | randy.smith@ci.champaign.il.us


Ongoing Investigation by Street Crimes Task Force Results in 3 Arrests, Ammunition and Drug Seizures

Contact: Lt. Dave Shaffer, 217-403-7030, david.shaffer@ci.champaign.il.us On March 9, 2016, Police made three arrests following search warrants that were served in conjunction with on-going investigations by the Street Crimes Task Force (SCTF) and with assistance from METRO SWAT and Champaign Police SWAT units. Arrested was 25-year-old Martez L. Taylor and 25-year-old Darius M. Erving, of 1405 Eater Drive, […]


Commercial Permits Issued

The following commercial permits were recently issued with an estimated cost of construction of $250,000 or more.                                     Address Cost of Construction Date Issued Owner or Developer/Business 1103 S Euclid $320,000.00 3-4-2016 Campus Investments LLC 509 S Elm $1,000,000.00 3-9-2016 […]


Law Enforcement Agencies Release “Unofficial” 2016 Statistics

Contact: Sgt. Joe Ketchem, 217-403-6981, joe.ketchem@ci.champaign.il.us Area law enforcement agencies and University of Illinois officials urged safety and responsibility for the annual “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day, held in the campus area of the University of Illinois on March 4, 2016. Routine bar checks, canvassing of campus, and wellness checks of participants were some of the proactive measures officials […]


Neil Street and Columbia Avenue Lane Closures *Extended*

In order to repair and line a sanitary sewer interceptor, Urbana Champaign Sanitary District and Visu-Sewer have closed lanes at the intersection of Neil and Columbia: Northbound and southbound Neil Street traffic are reduced to one lane in each direction. Lanes shift near the intersection of Columbia Avenue. Eastbound Columbia Avenue traffic has been detoured […]


White Street Road Closure

In order to perform an emergency water service repair for Illinois American Water, Cross Construction has closed White Street between Randolph Street and State Street. The road closure started on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and will reopen by Friday, March 18, 2016. Through traffic will not be allowed. Access to all local properties will be […]


Champaign Fire Department Reminds Everyone to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries”

  With Daylight Saving time right round the corner, (Sunday, March 13, 2016) the Champaign Fire Department reminds everyone to spring forward with safety and “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.”  Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Remember […]


Public Works February Service Requests

Citizens and City staff submitted 208 total requests during February 2016.  This was a 7% increase from January’s 194 calls.  The chart below tracks the number of requests recorded each day by staff. Citizens using the mobile phone application, SeeClickFix, reported 25 (12%) of the issues. The sewer section responded to 23 (11%) sewer-related calls […]


Planning Staff & Council Representative Visit KraftHeinz Corporate Office

On Thursday, February 25, representatives from Planning and Development staff, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation accompanied Councilmember Tom Bruno on a visit to the new Chicago corporate headquarters of KraftHeinz.  The visit was designed to meet with company executives to better understand their recent merger and to express […]


Spring Storms Trigger False Alarms – Avoid Fines by Keeping Alarm System Permits Current

Contact:  Ronnie Lauria-Heugel, 217-403-6995 veronica.lauria-heugel@ci.champaign.il.us Spring Storms Trigger False Alarms – Avoid Fines by Keeping Alarm System Permits Current   This notice comes as reminder to residents to register your alarm system, especially as the Spring Storm season is underway.  Heavy rain and high winds are often the culprit of false alarms and may cost hefty […]