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City Council Meetings Temporarily Conducted Electronically

Pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-07 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5), which suspends the requirement of the Illinois Open Meetings Act requiring in-person attendance by members of a public body during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, the members of the Champaign City Council will not be physically present in Council Chambers for their next meeting, but will instead be participating in the meeting using a virtual meeting platform. A general overview of the process to watch and provide public comment for the Council meeting are provided on this webpage. For the complete list of rules please review the Temporary Rules document.

How to Watch the City Council Meetings

Meetings of the Champaign City Council will continue to be available for live public viewing on the City’s website (champaignil.gov/CGTV) and on the City’s government access channel – CGTV (Comcast & i3Broadband channel 5, U-verse channel 99). Meeting recordings will also be replayed on CGTV and available for on-demand viewing at champaignil.gov/CGTV.

How to Provide Public Comment

The City encourages residents to continue to provide public comment regarding Council business. To promote social distancing, the City Council will be meeting electronically and in-person public comment is temporarily unavailable. There are two ways for residents to provide comments to the Council relevant to matters on the agenda or to provide general public comment.

  • Web Form
    Public comments may be submitted via the form at the bottom of this webpage in advance of and during the City Council meeting. Once submitted, comments will be provided to the City Council, City Clerk, and other City staff. Comments received prior to 5:00 p.m. on the night of the Council meeting will not be read aloud during the meeting, but will be treated as regular correspondence and published on this webpage as soon as practicable. Comments received between 5:00 p.m. and the adjournment of the Council meeting will be read aloud during the meeting.  Comments will be read aloud in the order in which they were received, after the council bill to which the comment relates or during the time normally reserved for public comment. Comments will be limited to about 450 words (2700 characters), and each period of comment will be limited to thirty (30) minutes.  Any comments unable to be read due to time limits will be published online as soon as practicable. The web form will become available when the City Council meeting agenda is published and will be closed once the Council meeting is adjourned. All comments received via the web form during that time-frame will be collected, published on this webpage as soon as practicable, and made part of the public record.
  • Hard Copy
    Public comments may also be submitted in hard copy via the drop box outside of the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St., Champaign. Hard copy public comments should state the individual’s name, city of residence, whether the comment relates to a specific council bill on the agenda (and if so, which one) or is a general public comment, and your comments. Hard copy comments must be placed in the drop box by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting so that staff can open, scan, and share them with the City Council in advance of that evening’s Council meeting. Hard copy comments will also be saved as correspondence, published on this webpage as soon as practicable, and made part of the public record.

For more details about how public comments will be handled, please review the Temporary Rules document (see link above).

Submit Your Public Comments

The public comment web form is available from the time the meeting agenda is published (typically on Friday) until the meeting is adjourned.

Click here to open the public comment web form for the Champaign City Council (opens a new page)

Public Comments Received for Electronic City Council Meetings

Public comments received for City Council meetings which are held electronically will be posted here for public review, and included in the official meeting minutes. Public comments are provided verbatim and unedited.