In Champaign, A New Effort To Close The Racial Achievement Gap At School

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Unit Four School Board is set to review a new program aimed at narrowing the racial achievement gap at its April 26 meeting. On April 20, the Champaign City Council renewed its support for the program, which is called LIFT Champaign. The city and school district are working together to launch […]

‘Black Lives Matter’ Honorary Street Signs Approved In Champaign

UPDATE: Champaign city officials say the Black Lives Matter honorary street signs were installed on Wednesday, Mary 13, eight days after their approval by the city council. The signs are on Chester Street, where it meets Neil Street and Walnut Street, on either side of the City Building. – Jim Meadows, March 24 2021.  CHAMPAIGN […]

Champaign City Council Backs Voluntary Staff Cuts To Address Revenue Losses

CHAMPAIGN — With city revenues down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Champaign City Council Tuesday night endorsed the idea of cutting spending by cutting city staff. They want to do this by offering buyouts to an estimated 15 to 25 employees who agree to leave voluntarily. During the Great Recession, the city of Champaign […]

Council Endorses Champaign Police Use-Of-Force Changes & Outreach Plan

The Champaign City Building figures prominently in this view of downtown Champaign, as seen from University Avenue.

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Police say they are making changes in response to concerns raised nationwide about police practices and policies. City Council members endorsed those changes, when they were outlined at a council study session Tuesday night. Chief Anthony Cobb says the latest changes in the department’s use-of-force policy are modeled after recommendations from “8 […]