Category: Legal Department News

City-Produced Video “Cannabis Questions 2020” Earns National Award

The City-produced video “Cannabis Questions 2020” received an Award of Distinction (4th place) in the 2020 Government Programming Awards sponsored by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The video was recognized by the judges in the Public Education category for channels with an operating budget under $250,000.  The video was a collaborative […]


City Court Update

The City Court Team has been hard at work back in court this summer. The first-ever City Court “Zoom” arraignment was held in May, to speed up the timeline of a case where dogs had been impounded right before COVID-19 caused the Courthouse to close. Since June, the Team has been back for in-person proceedings […]


City of Champaign Provides Guidance for Peaceful Gatherings, Graffiti Use

City of Champaign Provides Guidance for Peaceful Gatherings, Graffiti Use The City of Champaign is reminding the community to proceed safely and respectfully while exercising your rights to peacefully assemble and protest. The City supports civic engagement, and as we continue to have more important and necessary discussions around social injustice, the City is providing […]


City Extends Time to Make Court-Ordered Payments on Ordinance Violation Cases

On March 24, 2020, County Administrative Order 2020-04 was issued by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Difanis, extending time to make court ordered payments in traffic, DUI, criminal felony, criminal misdemeanor, and juvenile delinquency cases in Champaign County. While this order does not address ordinance violation cases, the Legal Department would like to extend it to […]


Information About City Ordinance Violations in Response to COVID-19

Information About City Ordinance Violations in Response to COVID-19 A recent Administrative Order issued by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Difanis and Covid-19 Precautionary Measures memo from Associate Judge Anna M. Benjamin have postponed most proceedings at the Champaign County Courthouse as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, including City of Champaign Ordinance Violation (OV) court. […]


City of Champaign Temporarily Suspends Issuing Certain Licenses and Extends Payment Due Dates in Response to COVID-19

City of Champaign Temporarily Suspends Issuing Certain Licenses and Extends Payment Due Dates in Response to COVID-19 Because of the emergency safety measures being implemented by the City of Champaign to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public exposure, and in recognition that many of our local businesses may be facing financial […]


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 […]