Category: City Manager’s Office 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 […]


Watch Champaign Connection Episode #62 on CGTV and Social Media

There is a new episode of Champaign Connection now playing most nights at 6:30 p.m. on CGTV (Comcast and iTV3 Broadband channel 5, and AT&T U-verse channel 99). This episode will air on CGTV from April 1, through May 31. It is also available on the City’s website and YouTube channel. On episode 62:   […]


City Staff Attend Training To Enhance Goals of Community Coalition

City Staff Attend Training To Enhance Goals of Community Coalition Joan Walls, Deputy City Manager; Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager; and Anthony Cobb, Police Chief, traveled to Chicago on Wednesday March 21 to attend a workshop around the Violence Reduction Assessment Tool (VRAT). The VRAT is a planning and support instrument that allows communities to […]


CU Fresh Start Holds Third Call In

The City’s Community Relations Office organized the third CU Fresh Start Call In that was held March 8, 2018, at the Illinois Terminal. This impactful meeting allowed local law enforcement and community members to directly address those known to be involved in local gun violence. Nine targeted offenders were the focus of the meeting, and […]


Champaign Community Coalition Sponsors Fifteenth Racial Taboo Event

The Champaign Community Coalition, in partnership with the First Mennonite Church and the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, sponsored a free screening of the documentary, Racial Taboo, on Sunday, March 4, at First Mennonite Church in Urbana. There were over 150 people in attendance for the screening. Used in similar viewing events around the […]


Atrium Display Marks National Women’s History Month

Staff from the Community Relations Department decorated the atrium display case to celebrate National Women’s History Month. The month’s theme is “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” For more information on National Women’s History Month, please visit: http://www.nwhp.org/2018-theme-honorees/


Council, City Staff Attend Event for BOWA Construction

Mayor Feinen, Members of the City Council, and City Staff attended a meet and greet for BOWA Construction Group on Tuesday, February 13 at the iHotel & Conference Center. The event was held to provide Council and staff with information on the firm’s previous work projects and current projects in the Champaign-Urbana area, including projects for […]


Community Relations Manager Attends Conference

Community Relations Manager Attends Conference Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and leadership from the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and CU Cradle2Career attended the 2018 Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference in Bloomington, IL on Tuesday February 6, 2018. The goal of the networks is to support communities to increase meaningful and equitable postsecondary attainment […]


Human Relation Commission Meeting

Human Relation Commission Meeting Jesse Rose from The Immigration Project spoke at the Human Relation Commission meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018. The Immigration Project is a legal aid organization based in Normal, Illinois, with a satellite office in Champaign. They provide direct legal services for immigrants residing in Central and Southern Illinois. The Immigration […]