City of Champaign News

City Receives Decision from State’s Attorney’s Office Regarding Officer Matt Rush

The City of Champaign and Champaign Police have received written notification from the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office, which states that criminal charges will not be filed against Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush. The letter further states that “…if Officer Rush were to return to active duty, we will not call Officer Rush as a witness for the prosecution […]


City to Address Snowfall

The City of Champaign Public Works Department will deploy resources to address the snowfall forecast for Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. Forecasters are calling for 4-6” of total accumulation, with high winds. According to Public Works Operations Supervisor, Cory Conrad, “We are following the plans outlined in the City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan. Public Works […]


Residential Fire – 34 E Beardsley Ave

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 34 E Beardsley Ave, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 7:32 a.m. Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews reported heavy smoke coming from the residence.  Suppression efforts began immediately.  Crews quickly extinguished the fire. Twelve (12) pieces of Fire/Rescue/EMS equipment and approximately twenty-six (26) emergency […]


Mayor Issues Emergency Order Pertaining to Liquor Sales During “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day”

I, Deborah Frank Feinen, in my capacity as the Liquor Commissioner for the City of Champaign, Illinois, and pursuant to authority granted me in Section 5-91.9 of the Champaign Municipal Code, 1985 as amended, entitled “Emergency powers,” do hereby find that there may be a threat to the public health, safety and welfare from activities […]


Green Street Lane Closure

In order to install a sign at 519 E. Green Street, Bankier Apartments will be closing one eastbound lane of Green Street between Fifth Street and Sixth Street. The lane closure will occur between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.  Eastbound traffic will not be interrupted and will be shifted into the […]



Black History Month Display in Champaign City Building

In honor of Black History Month, the display case in the City Building atrium (102 N Neil Street, Champaign) has a local perspective this year. The faces featured in the display belong to local families who all have deep roots in Champaign. Many have memories of the days when Champaign was a segregated community and […]


University Avenue Lane Closure (Extended)

In order to facilitate exterior finishes, masonry, and site work at 508 and 608 East University Avenue (Latitude project), Whittenberg Construction has closed a westbound lane of University Avenue between Wright Street and Fifth Street.  The lane closure began on Monday, December 7, 2015, and will continue until Friday, April 29, 2016.  The lane will […]


Fifth Street Road Closure

In order to install a storm sewer service at 501 E University, Mayfield Construction will close Fifth Street between University Avenue and Clark Street. The road closure will begin on Thursday, February 18, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, February 22, 2016. Through traffic will not be allowed in the area. Access to local properties […]


Keep Champaign Beautiful Program Earns National Award

Keep Champaign Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) President Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities. The KAB National Conference brought together more than 350 […]