Category: Planning & Development Department News

Willard Airport Selected as Primary Airport of the Year by IDOT

The University of Illinois Willard Airport was selected as Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for 2023. Willard Airport received the award from IDOT on September 25, 2023, during the Illinois Public Airport Association Fall Conference. A primary airport is defined as a commercial service airport with more than […]


Downtown Champaign Featured in IML Publication

The August 2023 issue of the Illinois Municipal League (IML) Review features a five-page article about the revitalization of Downtown Champaign. Written by Senior Planner for Economic Development T.J. Blakeman (Planning and Development), the article provides a great history of downtown, the challenges downtown faced during the mid-20th century, and the City’s investment in infrastructure […]


‘Thank You’ Celebration!

Through the University of Illinois and Champaign Community Unit 4 School District, the City welcomed 19 interns and Youth Employment Services (YES) students to join our staff this summer. These students were able to see the ins-and-outs of how the City works while getting hands on experience in eight different departments. On July 20, the City hosted […]


STEM Day at Hedge POP! Park

On June 23, 2023, the Equity and Engagement Department was joined by staff from multiple City Departments to host a STEM Day at Hedge POP! Park. This event was hosted to promote STEM activities, engage children in the Garden Hills neighborhood, and provide educational resources to residents in the community. The event was supported by […]


Campus-Community Compact

On June 21, 2023 was the launch of the Campus-Community Compact to Accelerate Social Justice (Compact) Convening. In response to Chancellor Jones’ Call-To-Action against racism and social injustice in July 2020, the Community Action and Public Engagement (CAPE) Committee established the Compact, comprised of a diverse group of leaders from both the campus and the […]


“Ice Pops with a Cop” Event Held at Hedge Pop! Park

On June 6, 2023, Champaign Police were joined by staff from multiple City departments to host “Ice Pops with a Cop” at the Hedge Pop! Park. This first-time event featured hundreds of popsicles and fun activities for police personnel, city staff, and children from the Garden Hills neighborhood, along with an opportunity for the kids […]


Summer Kickoff Celebration at Hedge Pop Park

On May 26, 2023, the City of Champaign came together to host a Summer Kickoff Celebration at Hedge Pop Park. The City’s Equity and Engagement Department, with the assistance and support of the Police, Planning, Public Works, and Neighborhood Services Departments were there to make sure this was the best event possible. Multiple Blueprint partners, community organizations, […]


Garden Hills Hedge POP! Park Refresh

The Hedge POP! Park is receiving a refresh ahead of the summer months. Last week, City Staff from the Planning and Development, Neighborhood Services Department and Engineering Division worked with dedicated volunteers from First Followers and about 10 neighborhood kids to spread mulch, place planter boxes, pick up liter and also have some fun! More […]


City Staff Celebrate International Women’s Day

On March 8, 202, International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated around the world. This day is a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. The theme of IWD 2023 was #EmbraceEquity, a campaign to get the world talking about […]


Hedge POP! Park Featured by American Planning Association 

The American Planning Association is a not-for-profit professional association for planners and has over 40,000 members.  The APA recently took note of the City’s efforts with the Hedge POP! Park and sought to have the effort featured as part of their Equity in Practice series. The blog post features the experience of the City in […]