Department Posts

City Releases Financial Forecast

January 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

The City of Urbana has released its Financial Forecast for FY2019 – FY2023. The Forecast focuses on the City’s General Operating Fund, which provides funding for most basic services, such as police and fire protection, and most public works services.

In a memo to the Urbana City Council, Finance Director Elizabeth Hannan reported that Urbana faces challenges common to many other cities in Illinois, including stagnant sales tax revenues, increasing pension costs, and declining state-shared revenues. All of this has led to a structural deficit, with expenditures growing faster than revenues. According to Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin, “Like it or not, we are faced with a new reality. Our future depends on how we respond now. We must make strategic decisions that are in the City’s long-term interest.”

City of Urbana Human Relations Division Traffic Stop Discussion

January 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

The City of Urbana will conduct a facilitated discussion on Urbana traffic enforcement on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Please join us for this opportunity to discuss your experiences and perceptions of how the Urbana Police Department's traffic enforcement impacts your day-to-day lives. This discussion will be solely focused on traffic enforcement in the City of Urbana. 

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Urbana Civic Center, 108 East Water Street

Agenda: A casual buffet dinner will be available at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion by the City of Urbana.


CLOSED: Request for Proposals (RFP) for Power7 Maintenance Entitlement

December 19, 2017 - 2:00pm


The City of Urbana relies on an IBM Power7 server for many critical systems. “Power7” is the model name of the City’s current IBM server, and more information can be found on it here:

The City would like to purchase three more years of software and hardware maintenance entitlement on our existing Power7 machines. The City’s current IBM ServiceElite Entitlement Verification expires December 20, 2017. The new term will last until the Power7's end-of-life date: September 30, 2019.

The due date for Proposals is Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM CT.

The City is asking anyone who wants to receive the RFP to register through this webform: The purpose of collecting registration information is so that we can properly notify all recipients of addenda and answers to submitted questions.

Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony

December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

State of Illinois Flag

The City of Urbana will join other Illinois communities on Monday, December 4th by hosting an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony. Urbana's event will take place at 12 p.m. at the City of Urbana building located at 400 South Vine Street. The event will include the Urbana Fire Department and Urbana Police Department color guard raising the flag and Mayor Marlin reading a resolution passed by Urbana City Council.

The Flag Raising Ceremony will help kickoff a yearlong celebration that pays tribute to the people, places, and things that are being BORN, BUILT & GROWN here every single day. The Illinois Bicentennial will showcase Illinois' influence on American history and culture, achievement and invention, business and art. 

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois!

New University-Community Partnership Connects Research and Environment

Paper 2 Tree is a new outreach program that aims to create a stronger connection between researchers at Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana community and environment. The program officially kicks off Thursday, November 16. Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor of Champaign, along with city and park district representatives, will be on hand, and the event will impact nearly 100 area school children across both cities.Paper to Tree Logo

Started by Mattia Gazzola, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois, Paper 2 Tree encourages anyone who publishes a scientific paper to donate a tree to be planted—a tree that will grow along with the scientific reach of the research. Trees will be associated to the publication reference, geo-localized, and visualized on a map—all data to be made publicly available, along with tree species, scientific area, and associated university department.