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 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 & i3 Broadband channel 5, U-verse channel 99). Meeting recordings will also be replayed on CGTV and available for on-demand viewing at champaignil.gov/CGTV. Please note there can be a delay of up to 90 seconds between the live meeting and the signal shown by your television service provider or the live stream.

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. Public comments may be provided during the City Council meeting by joining the electronic meeting via computer or telephone. This meeting will be conducted using the Zoom meeting platform (first time users see information below) and members of the public may join the meeting by:

At the appropriate points in the meeting, and in accordance with Council Rules, the Mayor (or Presiding Officer) will call for public comments. Individuals wishing to speak should either click the “Raise Hand” button (for those attending via computer) or dial *9 (for those attending via telephone). When you are called upon to provide comments, the host will allow you to speak.  You will see a notification that the host has unmuted you appear on your screen.  After you click to confirm you want to unmute your device, state your name and city of residence for the record, then provide your comment.  Please limit your statement to 5 minutes or less. After you are done speaking the host will mute your microphone then call upon the next individual to provide comments.

First Time Using Zoom?

To attend the meeting you can either choose to call in or connect via your computer or mobile device.  If you wish to provide comments to the City Council during the meeting, your computer/mobile device will either need a microphone and speaker or you can use a headset for better sound quality.  If you lack this equipment please call in via telephone (see above).

When you select the link to join the Zoom meeting (see above) you will either be prompted to open the Zoom software on your device or to download and install Zoom.  The software is free of charge.  Once installed you’ll be prompted to enter your name and email address prior to being connected to the meeting.  If the meeting hasn’t started yet, you’ll be notified to wait until the host starts the meeting, then connected to the meeting when it begins.  For more information about using Zoom for the first time, including troubleshooting tips, please visit Zoom’s Help Center.

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Written Public Comments Received for Prior Electronic City Council Meetings

Public comments were submitted in writing for the electronic City Council meetings listed below.  Those comments are posted here for public review and will be included in each meeting’s official minutes. Public comments are provided verbatim and unedited.