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Two Urbana Road Projects Suspended Due To State Budget Impasse

The failure of the Illinois General Assembly to pass a budget by today (June 30) has led to the suspension of two major road construction projects in Urbana. Work will likely remain halted until a budget or stopgap budget is approved.

The state-bid projects that have been halted by the Illinois Department of Transportation include:

MCORE Project 1: Reconstruction of Green Street between Wright Street and Busey Avenue, an $8.3 million project. Most of the Green Street pavement has been removed and vehicles won’t have access until the street is fully reconstructed. Major work in front of the Illini Union had been slated to be completed by Aug. 25, just three days before University of Illinois classes resume, but that timetable is now threatened by the shutdown. Pedestrian crosswalks could be constructed across Green Street if the shutdown is an extended one, but city engineers have concerns about allowing pedestrians through a construction zone.

Marlin Testifies Before Illinois House Against Property Tax Freeze

TESTIMONY of Diane Wolfe Marlin before the Committee of the Whole, House of Representatives, Illinois General Assembly June 23, 2017

Good afternoon. My name is Diane Wolfe Marlin, Mayor, City of Urbana, Illinois. I would like to thank Representative Carol Ammons for offering me this opportunity to speak with you about the impacts of a proposed property tax freeze and other state budget proposals on our city.

I would like to provide some context for my remarks. Urbana is a community of approximately 42,500 people, home of the University of Illinois, two regional medical centers, and the County Seat of Champaign County. As a result of these and other major public service functions, approximately 30% of our land area is exempt from property taxes. Our two largest employers are the University of Illinois and the health care sector.

Annual Budget Press Conference

May 15, 2017 - 11:00am

Mayor Diane Marlin will hold a Press Conference on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. in the Urbana City Council Chambers, 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL for the purpose of releasing the proposed 2017/2018 budget.

The proposed budget will be available at on the Annual Budget webpage beginning on Monday, May 15, 2017 and in the Finance Department by 9:00 a.m.

2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards - September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016 - 5:45pm

Cuiha logoThe cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Committee have selected the recipients of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards.  The award recipients will be honored on Thursday, September 8th, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign.  A receiption will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the dinner program will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

This year, two organizations and three individuals will be honored: 

Individual Awards:

Dr. Omar Al-Heeti - Humanitarian Relief

DoMonique Arnold - Human Rights

Leanna Cossman - Humanitarian Relief 

Organizational Awards:

Mi Raza Community Center - Hospitality

Walking With Angels - Research & Education