Category: City Manager’s Office News

City Serves as Judging Site For National Video Competition

Each year, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) hosts the Government Programming Awards (GPA) and judges the video production work of the best public, education, and government access channels in the nation. To handle the large volume of competition entries, NATOA seeks help from its member organizations to serve as judging sites for this prestigious competition.  The City of […]


City Display Case Marks Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May to help individuals, families, and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement, and a well-trained, professional […]


New Online Staff Directory

On April 16, 2018, a new online staff directory feature was added to the City’s website. This new, searchable directory includes contact information for staff and displays employees by Department/Division.  The directory includes staff names, job titles, phone numbers, and email addresses, making it easier than ever to contact City staff. Check out the City […]


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 […]