Category: General Press Releases

City of Champaign Announces Public Works Director Finalists

After conducting a nationwide search, Champaign City Manager Dorothy Ann David has selected three finalists to interview for the Public Works Director position – Sinan Alpaslan, Benjamin Jordan, and Thomas Somers. Biographical information and a video statement from each finalist are now available on the City’s website at For health and safety reasons related […]

Public Invited to Attend the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

Keynote Speaker and Award Recipients Announced The MLK Countywide Committee and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration will be held on January 16, 2022, at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts (500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana). Doors […]

Adopt A Drain Friday

It’s the season of giving!  Why not give yourself your very own adopted storm drain.  By adopting a drain, you can reduce potential flooding in your neighborhood and keep leaves and debris out of our waterways.  There are drains available throughout the City of Champaign.  This drain named Merry is located at 906 Westfield Drive […]

Upcoming Downtown Road Closures for Parade of Lights

Upcoming Downtown Road Closures for Parade of Lights The Champaign Center Partnership will be hosting the 21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 27, 2021. To accommodate the parade route the following streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:45 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.: • Neil Street between University Avenue and […]

Call for Nominations for the 2022 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

The 21st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration will be held in January 2022.  This event celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and all are welcome to attend. The Celebration includes the presentation of awards to individuals or organizations that are having a positive impact in Champaign County. Organizers of the Rev. […]

Adopt A Drain Friday

Today the City is featuring three drains named Larry, Darryl, and Darryl at 701 Bardeen Lane in Ashland Park Subdivision.  Larry is the communicator in the group and the Darryls are very quiet.  You can adopt these three sibling drains by signing up for the Adopt A Drain program at this link!

City of Champaign Again Recognized for Inclusive LGBTQ+ Policies and Services

The City of Champaign is honored to once again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the City’s inclusive LGBTQ+ laws, policies, and services. Today the Foundation released its 10th Annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which rated Champaign as the second highest-scoring municipality in the State of Illinois. In the 2021 MEI report, […]

Interim Chief of Police Matthew Henson Announces Upcoming Retirement. Deputy Chief Tom Petrilli to be Appointed New Interim Chief

After more than 20 years of service to the City of Champaign, Interim Chief of Police Matthew Henson has announced his intention to retire effective December 16, 2021. Henson has accepted a new position as Director of the Coles-Moultrie County Emergency Communication Center (Coles-Moultrie 911). City Manager Dorothy Ann David has announced that she will […]

LIFT Champaign Program Ready for Takeoff on November 4

Champaign Unit 4 School District and the City of Champaign are proud to announce that the LIFT (Leading Individuals and Families to Transformation) Champaign program will launch on November 4, 2021. To celebrate the occasion, the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house tour of the LIFT Champaign facility at 4:00 […]