Category: City Manager’s Office News

City Employee Presents at Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention

Purchasing/Compliance Specialist Adonis Fuller (Finance) recently presented at the 2021 Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention. He shared information on how a minority or woman-owned business can register for the City’s Champaign Diversity Advancement Program (CDAP). For more information, click here Businesses Adonis met with include: Benzer Pharmacy/Victory Medical (Medical Equipment Supply) Excel […]

City Staff Attends Welcoming Plan Release

On September 15, 2021, City staff attended the release of the YMCA New American Welcoming Center’s Welcoming Plan for Immigrants in Champaign County. ECHO’s Compliance Manager Rachel Joy, co-chair  of the Welcoming Plan Steering Committee, is pictured participating in a panel discussion. City staff, Mary Catherine Roberson (ECHO), Tracy Parsons (ECHO) and Bruce Knight (Planning […]

Mayor Feinen Podcast Previews Welcoming Week

On September 10, 2021, the City released the latest episode of The Mayor Feinen Podcast, which featured the Mayor’s conversation with Jes DeVries (Director of Immigrant Family Services at the University YMCA New American Welcome Center) to preview this year’s Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week kicked off on September 10 and runs through September 19. Welcoming […]

Community Coalition Holds Virtual Meeting

On September 8th the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly virtual meeting. Representatives from the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois and Parkland College shared updates with the community, with a particular focus on recent community gun violence. Tracy Parsons gave updates regarding the Race Relations […]

ECHO Staff Meets With Members of NAAIS

The Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights met with members (Sudhanshu Kaushik – Executive Director and UIUC students Nithya Kalwala, and Purvansh Bal) of the North American Association of Indian Students (NAAIS) to discuss opportunities to collaborate with the City of Champaign through civic engagement, events, and other areas. The ECHO team is looking […]


Cynthia Markstahler, Rocio Bautista and Jessica DeVries from the New American Welcome Center (housed at the University YMCA) recently stopped by the City Building to decorate the display case in the atrium. The display case highlights Welcoming Week which begins September 10 and ends September 19. Please stop by the atrium to check out the […]

The Community Coalition and Neighborhood Services Dept Host Walk As One Event

The Community Coalition and Neighborhood Services Dept. hosted a Walk As One event at the John Lee Johnson Clubhouse in Bristol Place on Thursday, August 26. Staff and partners canvassed the nearly 100 units, talking with residents and sharing resource packets with information from CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative (CU TRI), Champaign Park District, Champaign-Urbana […]

Lovin’ U Tour Stops in Downtown Champaign

On August 19, 2021, the Neighborhood Services Department, Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, and the Community Coalition partnered with Hip-Hop Express to host a Lovin’ U Block party/concert in Downtown Champaign. The Downtown Lovin’ U tour event was held from 9-11 pm in the heart of Champaign. Event participants were treated to hip […]