Category: Legal Department News

New Recreational Use Cannabis Webpage to Answer Resident’s Frequently Asked Questions

The legalization of adult use recreational cannabis on January 1, 2020, may create a lot of questions for the City’s residents about what is and is not allowed by State Law or Champaign City Ordinance.  Staff from the City Manager’s Office, Legal Department, and Police Department worked to create a list of frequently asked questions […]


Legal Department Participates in Backpack Project

Legal Department Participates in Backpack Project The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen’s 11th annual backpack project is in full swing, and the Legal Department has included it as part of their holiday tradition again this year. Legal Department staff gathered, stuffed and delivered ten new backpacks full of socks, toothbrushes, deodorant, hats, sweatshirts, along with many […]


City Staff Present at 2019 American Public Works Association Illinois Chapter Conference

Fred Stavins and Tom Yu of the City’s Legal Department, in conjunction with Dennis Schmidt and Dave Clark of the Public Works Department, made a presentation entitled “Ethics: Practical Ethics for the Public Works Professional” at the 2019 American Public Works Association Illinois Chapter Conference in Peoria on May 3, 2019. The presentation included an […]


City Employees Set New Records for Charitable Giving

In 2018, the City of Champaign once again participated in the Combined Charities Campaign that was organized by the United Way of Champaign County.  Each year, the City participates in this campaign by encouraging City employees to donate to a wide variety of local, state, and national charitable organizations.  The campaign wrapped up late last […]


Assistant City Attorneys Featured Speakers at University of Illinois College of Law

Assistant City Attorneys Featured Speakers at University of Illinois College of Law Assistant City Attorneys Jennifer Gover Bannon and Kathryn Cataldo were featured speakers at an event held by the University of Illinois College of Law Career Services Office on February 1, entitled “Perspectives on Practice: Municipal Law”. Jennifer is an alumna of the University […]


Assistant City Attorney Speaks at the University of Illinois College of Law 27th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference

Assistant City Attorney Speaks at the University of Illinois College of Law 27th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference Assistant City Attorney Kathryn Cataldo was a presenter at the University of Illinois College of Law 27th Annual Alumni-Student Career Conference held on February 24 at the College of Law. The conference brings together current law students with […]


City Receives Payment from Kraft Foods

On January 23, the City received a check for $209,720 from Kraft Foods. This check represents one in a series of annual payments that Kraft was obligated to make as the result of the settlement of a 1987 annexation lawsuit. The City negotiated the settlement for a continuing escalating payment (1.5% each year) based upon […]


Paralegal Profiled in Legal Textbook

Paralegal Profiled in Legal Textbook Susan Wozniak, Paralegal in the Legal Department was featured in a recent text entitled “Introduction to Paralegal Studies A Critical Thinking Approach” Sixth Edition by Katherine A. Currier, Professor Emeritus Elms College and Thomas E. Eimermann, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University.  The authors included a several page “paralegal profile” concerning […]


City Attorney Recognized for Providing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Citizens

City Attorney Recognized for Providing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Citizens Assistant City Attorney Kathryn Cataldo joined the City of Champaign Legal Department in October 2016. She came to the City’s Legal Department from a firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. During her time there, she was given the opportunity to provide legal services to […]