Office of the Mayor

On May 1, 2017, Diane Wolfe Marlin became the City of Urbana's 50th Mayor. She has dedicated herself to moving the City of Urbana forward so it becomes a center of inclusion, opportunity, and innovation. More about Mayor Marlin's community, environmental and professional background can be found here in Mayor Marlin's bio.

Foundation for Our Future

Over the past five years, under her leadership, the City of Urbana has:

  • Eliminated a $2.5 million structural budget deficit

  • Rebuilt city financial reserves

  • Restored pension funding

  • Repaid outstanding loans for METCAD 9-1-1 service

  • Hired a professional City Administrator after an 11-year vacancy

  • Completed Storm Water Master Plan Update

  • Completed City Facilities Assessment and Master Plan

  • Completed citywide Pavement Condition Assessment

  • Launched re-write of the Comprehensive Plan

  • Completed “What’s in Your Square” visioning for Lincoln Square site

  • Completed Feasibility Study for Kickapoo Rail Trail Extension through downtown

  • Implemented new Financial Services System (MUNIS)

  • Installed new telephone and communication system in city facilities

  • Rewrote City Alcoholic Liquor Code (Chapter 3)


Duties are defined by state law for Urbana's mayor-aldermanic form of government

  • The Mayor is the chief executive of the city
  • The Mayor appoints numerous officials and staff including the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, and Director of Community Development as well as members of city boards and commissions, all with the approval of the city council. Residents interested in serving on a board or commission should use this application form.
  • Represents the City on intergovernmental boards (e.g., METCAD, Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Area Transportation Study)
  • Chairs City Council Meetings
  • Serves as Local Liquor Control Commissioner
  • Works with City Council to plan and implement city goals, plans, standards, and policies
  • Manages resources for the achievement of City goals and objectives
  • Oversees hiring, the regular review of compensation, benefits and working conditions, and the discipline of all City personnel
  • Represents the City in various intergovernmental activities, in matters with the news media, and at public relations meetings and events
  • Works with Finance Director to develop the annual budget proposal and administer the approved budget


To contact the Mayor, please email or call 217-384-2456.

Additional Information on Liquor Licensing in Urbana

Fillable Board and Commission Application

Urbana City Building
400 South Vine Street
61801 Urbana , IL
M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(217) 384-2456

Department Posts

In-person voting is available at the County Clerk's office: Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PMSaturday, 8:30 to NOONMonday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM The Clerk's Office is located in the Brookens Administrative Center at 1776 E. Washingtonin Urbana. Phone: (217) 384-3720
Post date: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:58
The League of Women Voters of Champaign County held a forum on Tuesday, March 13th to inform voters about the Municipal Electric Aggregation.  Residents of Urbana voted in favor of Municipal Electric Aggregation on the March 20th ballot.
Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:49
On March 20, 2012, voters in Champaign & Urbana chose to establish Municipal Electric Aggregation programs in their individual communities. Municipal Electric Aggregation programs allow a community the option of buying bulk electricity for its residents.
Post date: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 10:56
Proposals will be received at the Office of the Chief of Staff, 400 S. Vine St., City of Urbana, Illinois, for: Request for Qualifications: Turnkey Approach to Municipal Electric Aggregation. The deadline for submission of responses is by end of business day (4 p.m.) on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive irregularities or technicalities.  
Post date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 15:42
Residents of Urbana will have an opportunity to view exhibits and plans of the UC2B Urbana Broadband project at an informal public open house to be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 1108 West Fairview Avenue, Urbana, Illinois on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participants are asked to park in the north parking lot off Goodwin Avenue and enter through the doors on the northwest side of the building.
Post date: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 17:03