Category: General Press Releases

Sympathies Extended to Families and Students Impacted by Student’s Tragic Death, Central-Centennial Football Game Rescheduled to Saturday

Champaign Unit 4 School District and the City of Champaign extend their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and classmates of David Sankey, a READY student and former Central High School student who was fatally shot the evening of August 28, 2018.  Champaign Schools, the City, and the community are coming together to console and […]


Police Respond to Shots Fired Call, Seek Public Assistance

Tonight, at approximately 8:31 p.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Paula Drive and Larkspur Lane after receiving reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found a teenage male suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Carle Hospital and is in critical condition. There are no suspects at this […]


Arrest Warrant Issued for N. Hickory Street Homicide

An arrest warrant has been issued for 48-year-old Shoen Russell (Champaign) for charges of First Degree Murder in connection to the death of 48-year-old Darin Mitchell (Champaign). Bond on the warrant is set at $5 million. On Aug. 23, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 Block of N. Hickory Street following reports […]


City of Champaign Election Petitions Now Available

Champaign’s municipal elections will be held in early 2019, and residents interested in running for Mayor or an At-Large City Council seat may now pick up or download election petitions.  Petitions for the Office of Mayor and At-Large City Council Members, and other campaign materials are available for residents to pick up from the City […]


Police Seek Information in N. Hickory Street Homicide

Last night, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 Block of N. Hickory Street following reports of a shooting. Arriving officers discovered a 48-year-old male suffering from a serious gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was rushed into surgery but would later succumb to his injuries. […]


This Labor Day, and Every Day, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Champaign Police Department today announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers. The high-visibility crackdown will run from Aug. 20 through the early morning hours of Sept. 4 to include the Labor Day holiday, an often-deadly time on Illinois roads. “We need our community to understand that […]


Downtown Festival District Designated in Champaign on August 24, 2018

Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Deborah Frank Feinen has designated parts of Downtown Champaign as a Festival District from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018. Customers of participating restaurants and bars will be able to purchase and take open containers of alcohol from the licensed premises for consumption on public property located within the boundaries […]


Charges Filed in Aug. 3, 2017, Homicide Investigation

The Champaign Police Department have identified an individual believed to be responsible for the death of 53-year-old Gus Edwards (Champaign). On August 3, 2017, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Elm St. and Beardsley Ave. after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found Edwards suffering from […]


Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery

On August 13, at approximately 10:34 p.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the Circle K gas station, located at 1713 W. John St., for a reported Armed Robbery. According to reports, a male subject entered the location at approximately 10:30 p.m. and held the clerks at gunpoint, stealing two packs of cigarettes and an undisclosed […]


Relocation of Dr. Howard School to Impact Traffic Patterns Near 1103 N. Neil Street

RELOCATION OF DR. HOWARD SCHOOL TO IMPACT TRAFFIC PATTERNS NEAR 1103 N. NEIL STREET Champaign – Due to the relocation of Dr. Howard School to the former Columbia School building for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, traffic to/from the school will follow a pre-planned pattern developed by City staff and Unit 4 personnel: Starting […]