City of Champaign News

Inspectors Speak at Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals February Meeting

Champaign Property Maintenance Inspector Susan Jones and Urbana Housing Inspector Nicholas Hanson were the guest speakers at the Central Illinois Rental Property Professional’s general meeting on February 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately forty people were in attendance for the presentation. Both inspectors provided information regarding changes to property maintenance codes for each jurisdiction. Areas highlighted included […]


Neighborhood Services Staff Attends Annual Winter Legislative Conference in Washington

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear attended the annual legislative conference of the National Community Development Association (NCDA)  in Washington, D.C. from February 15-17. In addition to participating in roundtables and forums regarding US Department of Housing and Urban Development issues, staff also met with Senator Tammy Duckworth and her general […]


City Receives Grant to Fund Demolitions

On February 17, Neighborhood Services staff received notification from the Illinois Housing Development Authority that the City’s application for $75,000 in the Abandoned Residential Property Grant program will receive $74,500 in funding. This is the City’s second successful application for IHDA demolition funding, with the first occurring in 2013. The additional funds provided will be utilized […]


Bid Opening & Demolition for 1202 N. Walnut

Following a bank foreclosure, the house at 1202 W. Walnut was donated to the City of Champaign as part of the Community Revitalization Program. Under the program, an interior inspection was completed by Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis and Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete to determine if the structure was feasible for renovation. Unfortunately, the cost to renovate […]


Swigart Street Neighborhood Smoke Alarm Blitz

The Champaign Fire Department organized a “Smoke Alarm Blitz” in the neighborhood of a recent fire fatality. On Saturday, February 18, 2017, Fire Department crews, staff, and volunteers went door-to-door in the neighborhood offering to check smoke alarms and install free smoke alarms in homes that needed them. Crews were able to get into 18 […]



Champaign Remains Committed to Fostering a Welcoming Community for All

  During the February 21, 2017, City Council meeting, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen made the following comments: “Over the last several weeks, a number of residents have reached out to my fellow City Council Members and me with concerns about the President’s Executive Orders pertaining to refugee immigration and federal immigration enforcement. While information about […]


2017 STAR Awards Nominations

The City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department is proud to announce for the eighth year a call to the public for STAR Awards nominations. The STAR Awards program encourages the public to recognize those exceptional individuals or groups of individuals who volunteer their time, talents, resources and energy to assist in our neighborhoods and community.  […]



City of Champaign Proposes Settlements in Two Lawsuits

At their meeting on February 21, 2017, the Champaign City Council will consider approving two legal settlements. The first would settle a lawsuit filed by Precious Jackson against the City of Champaign and three police officers.  The proposed $250,000 settlement would release all claims against the City and the officers.  In her suit, Jackson alleged […]