Category: General Press Releases

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 […]


Police Conduct Homicide Investigation – 100 Block of Apricot Drive

On March 23, 2018, at approximately 12:09 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 100 block of Apricot Drive for a report of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located 18-year-old Ricky Green of Urbana, who suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound. On-scene medical care was immediately provided, and the victim was transported to an area hospital, […]


Police Encourage Safety this St. Patrick’s Day with “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

March 23, 2018 Update: Enforcement Results The Champaign Police Department announced the enforcement results of the joint Roadside Safety Check conducted in Champaign near the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Springfield Avenue from 9 pm to 2 am on St. Patrick’s Day. The Roadside Safety Check was a partnership with the Illinois State Police, the […]


City of Champaign’s Excellent AAA Debt Rating is Affirmed

The City of Champaign has once again received the highest rating possible from two financial industry leaders.  In its most recent report, Fitch Ratings affirmed the City’s AAA bond rating, with a stable outlook.  The City’s debt also carries a triple-A rating with a stable outlook from Moody’s Investors Services.  This is the fifth consecutive […]


Police Investigate Shooting – 700 Block of N. Hickory Street

This morning, at approximately 1:22 AM, Champaign Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 700 Block of N. Hickory St., near the area of a local club. The preliminary investigation reveals that a verbal argument could be heard in the area immediately prior to an unknown suspect(s) firing numerous gun shots. Four […]


UPDATE: Police Seek Suspect in Shooting Incident – 1300 Block of Sunset Drive

On Wednesday, March 7, at approximately 12:26 PM, Champaign Police responded to the 1300 block of Sunset Drive for a report of gunfire. Upon arrival, police located 26-year-old Micheal White of Chicago, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Continued police investigation into this incident has resulted in the identification of a suspect and issuance of […]


Police Ask for Assistance in Homicide Investigation – 1300 Block of Sunset Drive

This afternoon, at approximately 12:26 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Sunset Dr., after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located an unknown Black male, approximately 25-35 years old, with a life-threatening gunshot wound.  The victim was immediately transported to an area hospital, where he would later succumb to his injuries. Champaign […]


City of Champaign and Champaign Park District Announce New Community Award Program

The City of Champaign and the Champaign Park District are proud to announce a new partnership to honor those working tirelessly to improve our neighborhoods, parks, and community. The Champaign STAR Awards is an exciting new merger of the City’s STAR Awards and the Park District’s Champaign Park Honors programs.  STAR stands for “Service Together […]