City of Champaign News


Champaign Fire Department Stresses Planning Ahead of 2017 Fire Prevention Week

The Champaign Fire Department welcomes the public to celebrate Fire Prevention Week October 8-14. This year’s theme: Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out. Visit with Champaign firefighters at Market Place Mall on Sunday, October 8, from 11 am – 4 pm.  A Touch-A-Truck event will be held in the parking lot just outside the food court and […]


Trick or Treat hours for Halloween 2017

Customarily, both the City of Urbana and the City of Champaign join with the Champaign County Board in setting aside trick-or-treat hours. The Champaign County Board has approved specific rules/guidelines/hours regarding trick-or-treat hours, and both Urbana and Champaign have agreed to the following schedule: Halloween/Trick-or-Treat will be held on October 31, regardless of what day of the week it […]


Commercial Fire – 63 East Chester Street

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a working fire at 63 East Chester Street, Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7:47 a.m.  Upon arrival on the scene, fire crews found smoke coming from the roof of a commercial structure currently under renovation.  Suppression efforts began immediately.      A passerby noticed a smoke odor in the neighborhood […]


Crime Reduction Strategies Discussed

Community Relations Manager Tracy Parsons and Deputy Police Chief Joe Gallo were featured presenters at the League of Women Voters monthly meeting on September 20. Staff provided the group with an overview of the Champaign Community Coalition and the CU Fresh Start initiative. There were several questions from the audience regarding community violence. Tracy Parsons […]


City Participates In 4th Annual Welcome Awards Celebration

The 4th Annual Welcome Awards was held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Muslim American Society Center in Urbana. The award ceremony provided an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of local immigrants, while also celebrating international humanitarian relief and human rights advocacy provided through efforts of Champaign and Urbana residents. Mayor Feinen and Council […]


PARK(ing) Day Engages Public on Downtown Plaza and Neil Street Corridor Studies

On September 22, Planning and Development staff participated in PARK(ing) Day in downtown Champaign. Hosted by the Student Planning Organization at UIUC, PARK(ing) Day reimagined 10 street parking spaces around the corner of Walnut Street and Chester Street as places for people. Staff transformed one parking space into a “temporary plaza” to generate interest in […]


Champaign Police Homicide Investigations Brought to Conclusion

This week, Champaign saw two major homicide investigations brought to a conclusion—one involving the arrest and prosecution of 19-year-old Robbie M. Patton of Champaign, and the second involving 20-year-old Josh’uah K. Young of Urbana. Both cases were major undertakings by Police staff, who are grateful to have helped bring closure to the Vineyard, Korchev and […]


2017 Sewer Lining – Mattis Avenue Lane Closure

Insituform Technologies LLC, will be lining on a 10” diameter sanitary sewer for the 2017 Sewer Lining Contract on Mattis Avenue between Princeton Drive and Chevy Chase Drive. The work is scheduled for October 2, 2017. Mattis Avenue will have the eastern-most northbound driving lane closed for the day between Princeton Drive and Chevy Chase […]


City Council Discusses Vision, Goals for 2017-19

The Champaign City Council met September 26 & 27, 2017, to update their vision and goals for the City’s future. Over two nights, the Council met and brainstormed ideas and priorities for the City to work towards over the next two years. University of Illinois Extension State Specialist Nancy Ouedraogo facilitated the meetings and members […]