City of Champaign News

1,200 Holiday Trees Collected

The City once again offered a free Holiday Tree Collection Program for all residential properties within the City’s corporate limits.  Those wishing to participate simply had to leave their undecorated trees at the curb by Monday, January 7, for Public Works crews to collect.  The Forestry Section led the program and picked up 1,200 trees […]


Human Relations Commission Invites Speakers to January Meeting

The Human Relations Commission (HRC) invited the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and the Champaign Police Department to provide program information at their January 7 meeting.  The RPC introduced the Young Adult Reentry Program.  This program focuses on creating new pathways to adulthood by providing young adults with the tools and skills to be self sufficient.  […]



Suspect Identified, Warrant Issued in Dec. 24, 2018, Shooting Investigation

  Champaign Police have identified Mario Turner (pictured) as the suspect in a Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve shooting investigation that resulted in one individual being hospitalized. On the evening of Dec. 24, at approximately 10:33 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1400 block of North McKinley Avenue after receiving reports of a shooting. Upon […]


Father Michael Pfleger to Provide Keynote Speech at 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

Organizers of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Countywide Celebration are honored to welcome inspirational pastor and activist Father Michael L. Pfleger as the keynote speaker at this year’s event.  This year’s celebration will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at The Vineyard Church (1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana). Entertainment and hors […]


Champaign Police Department releases holiday traffic enforcement numbers

The Champaign Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement over the holidays from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2., reminding motorists to drive sober and buckle up as part of the Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The Champaign Police joined the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce […]


Apply Now to Serve! Applications Open for 2019 Entry-Level Police Recruitment

The City of Champaign is accepting applications for 2019 Entry-Level Police Officer Testing Process starting Friday, January 4, 2019. For more information, and to apply, visit the Apply to Serve website.  The application deadline is February 11, 2019. Interested individuals can learn more about becoming a Champaign Police Officer before applying by attending an information […]



Champaign Fire Department Receives Marathon Petroleum Company Grant

The Champaign Fire Department received a $5,000 grant from Marathon Petroleum Company to enhance the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program.  This grant will be used to upgrade equipment and provide additional training for pilots in the program. Advancements in UAS has provided a new opportunity to provide lifesaving information during emergency operations including hazardous materials […]


$238.2 Million in Construction Permits Issued in 2018

Champaign continues to prove to be the perfect place to live, work, and play, as the Fire Department’s Building Safety Division reports they processed $238,246,913 in construction permits during 2018. This is the second-highest year since 2008, following only 2014 when approximately $243 million of construction permits were issued. Continued commercial and residential development in […]