Department Posts

May is Building Safety Month

May 31, 2014 (All day)

"Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks"

The month of May marks Building Safety Month!  Sponsored by the International Code Council, the purpose of Building Safety Month is to raise awareness of the importance of building safety and resilient construction including fire prevention, disaster mitigation, energy efficiency and to recognize that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies.


Building Safety Month Proclamation

Chinese Artists Liu Jun Gang Visits Urbana Conference

April 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Internationally known Chinese watercolor artist Liu Jun Gang, of Beijing, China, will visit Urbana April 12-13 as part of the 2014 Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual Meeting held in Urbana at the Urbana Landmark Hotel.

Mr. Liu, who has been showing works at an exhibition at the John David Mooney Gallery in Chicago, was visited last July at his home in Beijing by Mayor Laurel Prussing and five “citizen diplomats” making their first Sister Cities partnership visit to Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, People’s Republic of China.

Artist Liu will give a slide lecture on his recent landscape paintings and will be available to meet at a ‘Wine & View” reception at the Urbana Landmark Hotel from 6 to 7 p.m. The Urbana Landmark Hotel is located at 210 S. Race St. in Urbana.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Joseph W. Royer Arts & Architecture District

April 12, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:20pm

Two new plaques will be dedicated Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. during the Boneyard Arts Festival program as part of the Joseph W. Royer Arts and Architecture District in downtown Urbana. The Royer Arts & Architecture District was created in 2007 to celebrate the work of local architect Joseph W. Royer while providing a focus for a new Arts District in downtown Urbana.

Urbana Lincoln Hotel (Urbana Landmark Hotel) dedication at 5 p.m. 210 S. Race Street, Urbana
The Urbana Lincoln Hotel, designed by Joseph W. Royer, opened in 1924. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the hotel. Recently renovated, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 and declared a local landmark in 2010.

Applicants Sought for Traffic Stop Data Task Force

March 14, 2014 (All day)

Mayor Laurel Prussing is seeking applicants to serve on the newly created Traffic Stop Data Task Force.

The 11-member task force was authorized when the City Council approved a resolution on Jan. 21. Applications will be accepted by the Mayor's office through the month of February.

The task force is charged with identifying and studying any racial disparities that may exist in local traffic stop data supplied annually to the city by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and to attempt to find the source and cause of the disparity.

The task force is directed to examine multiple aspects of the traffic stop data, including race, driver age, residence, stop time, stop location, the reason for the stop, vehicle age and any other information the task force finds to be useful.

The task force also will look beyond traffic stop data to consider census and unemployment data, high school graduation rates and incarceration statistics from the September 2013 study of the Champaign County justice system.