City of Champaign News

Prospect Avenue Lane Closure

In order to complete fiber optic installation, Metro Communications will close one northbound lane of Prospect Avenue between Ventura Road and Kirby Avenue.  The lane closure will begin on Tuesday, July 17 and will reopen on Friday, July 20.  During the closure, northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.


IDOT I-74 Nighttime Ramp Closures Set July 12

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that nighttime closures of the Neil Street and Cunningham Avenue offramps from Interstate 74 will begin July 12. The closures are necessary for crews to perform skid-proofing operations. Work on I-74 will begin at 9 p.m. July 12 on the westbound offramp at Neil Street and the eastbound offramp […]


Police Seek Suspect in Armed Robbery – Walgreens Pharmacy (1713 W. Springfield Ave.)

Today, at approximately 2:12 a.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to Walgreens Pharmacy, located at 1713 W. Springfield Ave., for a reported armed robbery. According to reports, the subject entered the location at approximately 2:06 a.m. armed with a silver handgun and directed an employee to empty the front cash registers where he took an undetermined […]


Incentive Program Makes Big Investments in Small Businesses

The City of Champaign launched its Small Business Incentive Program in May 2016 when City Council approved $230,000 in one-time money for Small Business Development. The program is a matching grant where approved applicants can receive up to $7,000 in reimbursements for one-time business related expenses including marketing, financial assistance, education, legal assistance, equipment and […]


Police Make Arrest, Seek to Identify Additional Victims in Aggravated Battery Investigation

On July 10, 2018, at approximately 10:15 AM, Champaign Police, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, arrested 26-year-old Carlos Draine of Champaign on charges of Aggravated Battery and Mob Action. Draine was arrested for a July 8, 2018 battery that took place near the intersection of Second St. and […]


Police to Hold SWAT Training July 12 at Franklin Middle School

The Champaign Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and School Resource Officers will be holding training exercises at Franklin Middle School during the afternoon of July 12. Citizens can expect to see an increased police presence in the area. Nearby residents and businesses are advised that training devices may on occasion produce noise […]


Clark Street Road Closure

In order to construct storm sewer repairs, Duce Construction will close Clark Street between New Street and Lynn Street.   This closure will be located midblock.  Local residents with driveways west of 613 W Clark Street should access their driveways from New Street. Residents with driveways east of 613 W Clark should access their driveways from […]


Champaign Fire Department Provides Water Rescue Training

The Champaign Fire Department is providing fire department personnel with water rescue training on the mornings of July 10, 11 and 12, at Baytowne Apartments, 1000 Baytowne Drive, Champaign.  Champaign Fire Department instructors will lead skill stations designed to simulate a surface water rescue and reinforce cervical immobilization and victim removal skills. The Champaign Fire […]


Annual Paving Project – Prospect Avenue

Starting Monday, July 9, 2018, Cross Construction Company will begin work on Prospect Avenue from Marketview Drive to just north of Meijer Drive, and on Marketview Drive from just west of Anthony Drive to just east of Anthony Drive.  Work will consist of milling off the existing surface, paving a new asphalt surface, and applying […]