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Notices & Alerts

Notice of City Council Public Hearing

January 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

Notice of Public Hearing of Urbana City Council

The Urbana City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, to receive feedback on an amendment to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan FY 2019/2020 for the City of Urbana to receive and administer $334,849 in Community Development Block Grant-CV funds (CDBG) funding.

Public Notice to Amend Consolidated Plan

January 13, 2021 - 3:50pm to January 20, 2021 - 11:59pm


In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the City of Urbana is making an amendment to the Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan FY 2019/2020.

Public Comment Period and Process:

This Consolidated Plan amendment is available for a 7-day public review and comment period from January 13, 2021 to January 20, 2021. Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may mail them, postmarked no later than January 20, 2021, to the following:

Community Development Services

Grants Management Division

400 S Vine St.

Urbana, IL 61801

You may also email comments no later than January 20, 2021 to Sheila Dodd at

West Illinois Street Closure Between South Race Street And South Broadway Avenue

January 14, 2021 - 6:00am to January 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

Weather Permitting: West Illinois Street will be closed to thru traffic between South Race Street and South Broadway Avenue from 6:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 15. Custom Service Crane will be making repairs to the cell towers on top of the Edge of Mall Apartment building. 

Access will be maintained to all properties along West Illinois Street between South Race Street and South Broadway Avenue during the project though no thru traffic will be allowed. 

Motorists are encouraged to drive carefully through this and all construction areas.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this project. Questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Adam Shaw at (217) 384-2342 or     

For more information about the City of Urbana, please visit


Civilian Police Review Board Listening Session

January 27, 2021 - 5:30pm


 Join us. Tell us. Get Involved. 

The City of Urbana invites you to bring your ideas to a Listening Session as the CPRB members evaluate and redefine the process for the review of citizen complaints concerning sworn police officers. 

This will happen at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2021 as a ZOOM Webinar ID: 838 0770 0853. 

Examples of input received so far: 

CLOSED - Request for Proposal: Email Archiving Solution (#2021-10)

December 23, 2020 - 5:00pm

Requesting Department: Executive Department, City of Urbana
Contact Person: Sanford Hess, IT Director
Address: 400 S. Vine St. | Urbana, IL 61801
Telephone No.: (217) 384-2354
E-Mail Address:

A Request for Proposal for an email archiving solution to archive up to 500 mailboxes that are currently in Exchange and in Person Storage Table (PST) files. It is desired (but not required) that the solution also archive social media posts on the City of Urbana, Illinois’ Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.

The Proposal MUST be submitted to the Requesting Department at or before the date and time specified below to receive full consideration:

Proposal Submission Date: 12/23/2020
Time: 5 :00 P.M. Central Time
Allowable Means for Transmitting Proposals: Electronic or Printed

Applicants for Ward 2 City Council Seat Announced

December 1, 2020 - 8:00am

Applicants for Ward 2 City Council Seat Announced

The City of Urbana has received four applications from residents seeking to replace Ward 2 City Council member, Julie Laut, who resigned the seat effective October 28, 2020.

The four applicants are:

•Steve Drake, Video Producer, University of Illinois Beckman Institute

•Joseph Edwards, Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Illinois

•Christopher Hansen, Electrical Engineer, Self-Employed

•Erik Sacks, Faculty, University of Illinois

Timeline for appointment:

•Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin interviews applicants.

•Applicants are invited to give a 3-minute public statement at the City Council meeting on December 14, 2020.

•Mayor Marlin expects to bring appointment to a Special Meeting of the Urbana City Council on December 21, 2020 for a vote.

•Upon approval, Ward 2 City Council member will be sworn in directly following and serve the remainder of the current term which ends May 3, 2021.

NOTICE OF LOTTERY (February 23, 2021 Consolidated Primary)

December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm


A lottery is initiated when two candidates for the same position file papers of candidacy at the same time on the first day of the filing period.

Therefore, notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the City of the Urbana city building, 400 South Vine Street [FACE MASKS REQUIRED]. A lottery will be held to determine ballot placement for the two candidates for Mayor of the City of Urbana and the two candidates for Alderman for Ward 5. The lottery is for the Consolidated Primary to be held on February 23, 2021. All other candidates will appear on the ballot according to the time candidate papers were filed.

The following candidates will be assigned a number for the lottery and the number will be placed in a container and drawn randomly to determine placement: 


Yinxi (Andy) Ma - 1

Diane Wolfe Marlin - 2


Chaundra Bishop - 3

Meghan McDonald - 4

2021 Urbana Arts Grant: Tiers I, II, and Arts in the Schools Deadline

January 13, 2021 - 5:00pm

The City of Urbana Arts and Culture Program announces the opening of the 2021 cycle of its Urbana Arts Grants Program. Up to $90,000 will be awarded to artists, arts organizations, and festival presenters for creative projects that enrich the lives of Urbana residents and visitors. This grant program is open to all disciplines in the arts on public display within spaces open to the public, including but not limited to creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media. Applicants may apply electronically. The application form and guidelines can be found at: Tiers I, II, and Arts in the Schools grant application materials are due by 5:00PM (CST) on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Election Filing Periods

November 16, 2020 - 8:00pm to November 23, 2020 - 5:00pm



The City of Urbana City Clerk's Office will accept complete (signed, notarized) Consolidated Primary Elections packets November 16-23, 2020, starting at 8:00 AM at the north entrance door of the City Building at 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801. This is for candidates seeking nomination for the February 23, 2021 Consolidated Primary.

For More information, please visit the City Clerk's page.

CLOSED - Invitation to Bid: Tree and Stump Removal (#2021-08)

December 3, 2020 - 2:00pm

Sealed bids will be received at the Urbana Public Works Department for Solicitation #2021-08 Tree and Stump Removal.

The City of Urbana, Illinois seeks bids from qualified contractors to provide all supervision, labor, tools, equipment and services required to perform tree and stump removal work in the City of Urbana. The successful respondent shall provide the necessary equipment and personnel to perform the services in a professional manner consistent with customs and practices in the industry.

Please register below to receive bid documents and specifications, and any subsequent addenda.

Tree and Stump Removal Contact Form

Bids will be received through 2:00 PM, Thursday December 3rd, 2020, and at said time, the bids shall be opened and read publicly.

The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive irregularities or technicalities.

Area Cities Respond to Illinois Region 6 - Tier 3 Mitigations

November 20, 2020 - 12:01am

Residents Encouraged to Continue Supporting Local Businesses 

On November 17, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations would be imposed statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020. 

Tier 3 enhanced mitigations that affect our various liquor license holders are summarized below:

City of Urbana Use of Force Policy Revision & Listening Sessions

November 12, 2020 - 3:30pm to November 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

NOTE: If you were unable to attend one of the Use of Force Listening Seesions, you may still send suggestions to by Friday, November 20, 2020.

On June 22, 2020, the City of Urbana affirmed by Resolution No. 2020-06-031R the “Ten Shared Principles” developed by the NAACP and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. The adoption agreement between the City of Urbana Police Department and the NAACP of Champaign County was signed September 17, 2020.

As a next step toward building greater trust in the community, the Urbana Police Department (UPD) will revise its Use of Force Policy to incorporate the “Ten Shared Principles”. The UPD is seeking community input on the policy during three public Listening Sessions on November 12 and 13, 2020.