Champaign City Government 101 Academy

  • What does it take to run a city?
  • What do all the city departments do?
  • What is the Council-Manager form of government?

Learn the answer to these questions and more in the Champaign City Government 101 Academy (CCG-101)! In addition to learning about the organization and operation of the City of Champaign, the class will help boost your civic engagement capacity and encourage you to become an active participant in your local government and the community.

What Will I Learn?

The Academy consists of an opening CCG-101 Longest Table meet-and-greet for participants and department presenters.  Class session are divided by themes: Administration, External Operations, Internal Operations, and Public Safety.  Each class will introduce participants to several City departments: City Council/City Manager’s Office/Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights (Administration); Planning and Development/Public Works/Neighborhood Services (External Operations); Finance/Human Resources/Information Technologies/Legal (Internal Operations); and METCAD 9-1-1/Police/Fire (Public Safety).  The Champaign Public Library will also offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the library facilities to all CCG-101 participants.  After attending the Academy, participants will have a better understanding of the intricacies of operating a municipal government and what it takes to support Champaign’s high quality, essential public services.

When is the Academy?

The 2019 CCG-101 Academy will take place over a 7 week period from October-November.  Class schedule is below.

Thursday, October 3: CCG-101 Longest Table – Illinois Terminal; 6:30-8 pm

Thursday, October 10: Library Tour (max. 10 participants); 5:15-5:45 pm/Administration – City Building; 6-8 pm

Thursday, October 24: Library Tour (max. 10 participants); 5:15-5:45 pm/External Operations – Library (Robeson Room C); 6-8 pm

Monday, October 28: Library Tour (max. 10 participants); 5:15-5:45 pm/Internal Operations – City Building; 6-8 pm

Thursday, November 7: Public Safety – METCAD (1905 E Main, Urbana); 6-8 pm

Tuesday, November 12: 2019 CCG-101 Graduation Reception – City Building; 6-7 pm

What is the Cost?

The Champaign City Government 101 Academy is FREE and open to Champaign-Urbana residents ages 16 and older.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about the Academy, please call the City’s Neighborhood Services Department at 217-403-7070.

Champaign City Government 101 Academy Registration Form

To register for the Champaign City Government 101 Academy, please complete the information below. Please contact Neighborhood Services at 217-403-7070 if you need assistance or have any questions.
  • The Champaign City Government 101 Academy is open to residents of Champaign and Urbana only, with preference given to Champaign residents. All participants must also be age 16 or older to participate.
  • The Champaign Public Library will offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the library facilities to all CCG-101 participants. Select one of the 3 dates listed below. All tours will begin promptly at 5:15 pm at the Library (200 W Green Street, Champaign). These tours are optional, and are limited to 10 participants and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. You will receive a separate confirmation of you tour date and time. If the tour date selected is already full, you will be provided an opportunity to select a different tour date.