City of Champaign News

Park Avenue and James Street Intersection Closure

As part of Phase III West Washington Street Drainage Improvements, the intersection of Park Avenue and James Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.  Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the north side of the intersection. The closure will begin on Monday, November 11, 2019, and is planned to be completed and reopened to traffic […]



City Planning Staff Engages with the “Next Generation”

In October 2019, staff members from Champaign’s Planning and Development Department – Rob Kowalski and TJ Blakeman – shared their expertise about Downtown development and city government with students from the Next Generation School after-school STEAM program. The students were highly engaged and asked great questions. Could be some future city planners in the group!


Bradley Avenue Road Closure (From Market Street to Fourth Street)

In order to complete repairs to the railroad crossing across Bradley Avenue, Canadian National Railroad will close Bradley Avenue, about halfway between Market Street and Fourth Street. The closure will begin early morning Tuesday, November 12 and is anticipated to be reopened to traffic by Friday morning, November 15, 2019. Through traffic is advised to […]


Fair Street Lane Closure at Green Street

In order to construct new storm sewer improvements, Duce Construction will close one lane of Fair Street on the north side of the intersection with Green Street. This lane closure will alternate sides of Fair Street from the east to west lanes to allow for the crossing of the street in halves for new storm […]


November 5, 2019 Regular Council Meeting

The City Council agenda for the November 5, 2019 Regular Council Meeting is now available online. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building, 102 N. Neil Street in Champaign, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and participation is welcome and encouraged. Click here to […]



Building Permit Issued

The Champaign Fire Department’s Building Safety Division recently issued the following building permit for a project with an estimated construction value of $250,000 or more.  Address Value of Construction Date Issued Type Use 502 E Healey $9,700,000 10-29-19 New/Multi-Family College City Apartments         2019 Overall Construction Value to Date: $210,722,904.50


UPDATE: Suspect in Recent Armed Robberies Arrested

On Oct. 29, 2019, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Champaign Police and the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the Bloomington (Illinois) Street Crimes Unit arrested Tyson M. Biggers, 41, of Champaign, in Bloomington, Illinois. Biggers was apprehended while attempting to escape from a second-floor residential building. A firearm with an extended magazine was recovered […]


City of Champaign’s Excellent AAA Debt Rating Affirmed

The City of Champaign has once again received the highest rating possible from two financial industry leaders.  In its most recent report, Fitch Ratings affirmed the City’s AAA bond rating, with a stable outlook.  The City’s debt also carries a triple-A rating with a stable outlook from Moody’s Investors Services.  This is the sixth consecutive […]