Category: City Manager’s Office News

The Beat

The City is thrilled to announce the launch of the downtown entertainment district’s official logo “The Beat.” Unveiled at a Council study session on May 7, 2024, the Beat encompasses all of the downtown entertainment district. Boasting a wide variety of entertainers and programs for the community to enjoy, The Beat will allow community members […]


Locust Street Road Closure (between Green Street and John Street)

In order to place a crane for work at 51 E. Green Street, Custom Service Crane will close Locust Street between Green Street and John Street. The closure will occur on Thursday, May 9, 2024, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Access will be maintained to all local properties, but the street […]


CAACI Community Event

On April 20, 2024, City staff from the Equity and Engagement Department and the Police Department attended a community event hosted by the Chinese American Association of Central Illinois (CAACI). This event allowed members of CAACI and community members to learn more about the organization and meet their newly elected board members. The event featured […]


New Episode of Champaign Spotlight features Rob Kowalski

Dive into the latest episode of Champaign Spotlight, where we sit down with Neighborhood Services Director Rob Kowalski. Communications Manager Jeff Hamilton first talks with Rob about his background and what kept him in Champaign after attending the University of Illinois. Then we dig in to learn more about the pivotal role the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) […]


South Downtown Sanitary Sewer Project (Springfield Avenue Lane Closure)

In order to reconstruct the north side sidewalk and retaining wall along the Springfield Avenue viaduct, Stark Excavating will close the westbound lane of Springfield Avenue between South Market Street and South Water Street. Both Market Street and Water Street will remain accessible throughout the closure. This work is a continuation of the South Downtown […]


City Staff Attend ILCMA Winter Conference

City Manager Dorothy Ann David and Deputy City Manager Joan Walls attended the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) Winter Conference in Normal, IL February 7-9, 2024. During the conference, Joan Walls was honored with the Life Saver Award, which honors ILCMA members who have provided support and mentoring to members in career transition. In addition, […]


Welcoming Plan ‘Thank You!’ Luncheon

On  January 20, 2024 staff from the Equity and Engagement Department, in collaboration with the New American Welcome Center, hosted a ‘Thank You!” luncheon at the Illinois Terminal. This luncheon provided leaders, collaborators, and supporters of the Champaign County Welcoming Plan to come together and celebrate the milestones that have been reached thus far. With […]


Presentations to University Environmental Leadership Program

On January 12, 2024, Council Member Alicia Beck and Communications Manager Jeff Hamilton presented at the University of Illinois’ Environmental Leadership Program. Council Member Beck shared several tips for the group to consider when advocating for local policy changes, and Jeff provided an overview of the Council-Manager form of government and how policy issues are […]