Champaign schedules Martin Luther King celebration

November 1, 2018 by  

Champaign, Urbana, Champaign County, the University of Illinois, the Village of Rantoul, and Parkland College are once again sponsoring a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and nominations for honorees are due soon.

The upcoming 2019 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Countywide Celebration will take place in Urbana, at the Vineyard Church on North Lincoln Avenue. The free event is open to everyone who would like to attend, and will feature a keynote speaker, as well as a number of award presentations.

Organizations and individuals who are recognized at this event are those who have made significant contributions in the field of equal rights, humanitarian work, or community service in the spirit of Dr. King. Organizers of events like this could use graphic design to create a beautiful tribute for the honorees.

Dr. King was a major figure in the civil rights movement, leading the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the mid-1950s. He led a bus boycott that lasted 382 days, and resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that ruled it was unconstitutional to segregate buses. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

The celebration itself is not until 4:00 pm on January 18, 2019, but nominations of those who have made a difference in the community are due by 5.00 pm on November 9, and can be made online.

Champaign firefighters train in vacant mall

October 29, 2018 by  

Champaign firefighters recently had the opportunity to train at Bergner’s, located in Market Place Mall. They were able to practice rope-assisted searches in the vacant store, an unusual environment they [Read more]

Champaign McDonald’s being remodeled

September 9, 2018 by  

The McDonald’s restaurant on Mattis Avenue in Champaign is getting a facelift, and it turns out the remodeling is part of a new look for the entire chain.

The Mattis Avenue location is [Read more]

Champaign considering homebuilding rules change

August 7, 2018 by  

When is a house too large for its lot? That is the question Champaign will be discussing, after residents banded together to urge changes to the rules allowing people to build gigantic homes on small lots.

Resident Mike Reed and [Read more]

Champaign County sheriff changes policy for tornado sirens

July 7, 2018 by  

Dan Walsh, the sheriff of Champaign County, has modified the criteria the county uses in deciding whether or not to activate the tornado warning sirens in Champaign, Savoy, and Urbana.

The decision came after west [Read more]

Champaign wins financial award

June 10, 2018 by  

Once again, the City of Champaign has claimed a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, a honor given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The city, according to [Read more]

Bus contract extended in Champaign

May 1, 2018 by  

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) board recently voted unanimously to extend an agreement that will continue bus service to the University of Illinois for another three years.

The agreement has been in [Read more]

University of Illinois searching for chief diversity officer

April 6, 2018 by  

The University of Illinois in Champaign is now conducting a nationwide hunt to fill a new position, that of its chief diversity officer.

According to an [Read more]

Planned boutique hotel changing developers

March 5, 2018 by  

Last year, the Champaign City Council approved plans to develop a boutique hotel in the city’s downtown. The original developer is no longer on the [Read more]

Upscale student housing proposed for Champaign

February 6, 2018 by  

Opus Development Company of Minneapolis has proposed a luxury high rise, aimed at the student market, for the Campustown section of Champaign, according to an article in the News-Gazette.

The building would be [Read more]

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