City of Champaign News

City Staff, Human Relations Commissioner Attend DisABILITY Resource Expo

Staff from the Community Relations Office set up a booth at the DisABILITY Resource Expo on Saturday April 7. Community Relations Manager Rachel Joy and Administrative Assistant Ashley Stickels were in attendance. The event was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vineyard Church in Urbana. Human Relations Commissioner Alissia Young volunteered at the booth as […]


News Release – Champaign, Urbana, Community Coalition Promote Inclusion and Community Unity

During today’s meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition, a panel discussion was held to discuss issues impacting our local Latino community.  Panelists shared stories with Coalition and community members regarding some of their experiences, which include feeling harassed or discriminated against due to their race or national origin.  The Coalition hosted the panel as part […]


Mattis Avenue Lane Closure

In order to perform a storm sewer repair, Duce Construction will close one northbound lane of Mattis Avenue between Sheridan Road and William Street.  Northbound Mattis Avenue will be reduced to one lane through a short work zone, minor delays may occur. Southbound Mattis Avenue will not be affected. The work will begin on Thursday, […]


UPDATE: Suspect Identified in April 6 Subway Restaurant Robbery

Champaign Police have identified 31-year-old Steven E. Johnson as the primary suspect in an armed robbery that took place Friday, April 6, 2018, at Subway Restaurant, located at 1101 N. Mattis Ave. Restaurant staff reported that on last Friday, at approximately 1:21 PM, the suspect entered the business and demanded money while implying a weapon.  An undetermined […]


Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery – Subway Restaurant (1101 N. Mattis Ave.)

Today, at approximately 1:21 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to Subway Restaurant, located at 1101 N. Mattis Ave. for a reported armed robbery. According to restaurant staff, a subject entered the location and demanded money while implying a weapon.  The subject took an undetermined amount of currency before fleeing the scene on foot.  No injuries were reported. […]



Smoke Alarm Blitz – West Champaign

Firefighters and staff from the Champaign Fire Department and Neighborhood Services Department, along with volunteers from the Annual Smoke Alarm Blitz in Honor of Christian Sheehan, will be going door-to-door in a west Champaign neighborhood, Saturday, April 14, 2018, offering to check smoke alarms and installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them. This […]


Law Enforcement Agencies Release 2018 “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day Statistics

Area law enforcement agencies and University of Illinois officials urged safety and responsibility for the annual “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day events, held in the campus area of the University of Illinois on March 2, 2018. Routine bar checks, canvassing of campus, and wellness checks of participants were some of the precautions officials took on the […]


Arrest Made in Recent Robbery Investigations

On April, 3, 2018, at approximately 3:00 PM, Champaign Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested 39-year-old Marcellus Ward of Rantoul, for the offense of Armed Robbery. During the past week, multiple robberies occurred at local businesses within the Champaign-Urbana area, where a suspect entered the following locations and demanded money while […]


Champaign Fire Department and the Champaign Exchange Club Honor the 2017 Firefighter of the Year Recipient

The Champaign Fire Department and the Champaign Exchange Club will honor the 2017 Firefighter of the Year recipient, Battalion Chief Gary Gula, on April 9, 2018.  A ceremony will be held at O’Charley’s, 730 W. Town Center Blvd., from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Battalion Chief Gula has been nominated for his outstanding performance in creating […]