Natalie Wickman

Natalie Wickman

Want booze with morning brunch?

CHAMPAIGN — Weekend brunch-goers may soon be able to enjoy a morning mimosa with their bacon, eggs and hash browns while dining in downtown's outdoor cafes.

Tuesday night, Champaign's city council will vote on tweaking the existing ordinance that prohibits restaurants from serving alcohol outdoors before 11 a.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays.

Champaign lays out zoning changes for In-Town neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of the In-Town neighborhood expressed generally positive views of proposed design and development standards for future housing developments in their area, after city staff presented them Thursday night at the Champaign Public Library.

The proposal will go before the Champaign City Council for a possible approval vote Sept. 18.

Champaign neighborhood group to present zoning proposals tonight

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CHAMPAIGN — The walk down South Elm Street is shaded by a canopy of leaves, allowing sunlight to come through in scores of small patches.

Police, Urbana residents, officials talk areas for improvement

URBANA — A crowd of almost 40 gathered Wednesday night in the Urbana Civic Center to discuss police-community relations throughout the city.

Among the audience were Urbana government and police officials, educators and residents. The discussion, arranged by the city, was led by community-relations specialist Preston James.

Champaign residents raise concerns over house-to-lot ratio proposals

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CHAMPAIGN — City officials were grilled Monday night by a crowd of more than 80 people, most of them concerned with the trend of large houses going up on smaller-sized lots in Champaign.

Citizens and Champaign City Council members divided over city code

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council is moving forward after an occasionally contentious meeting that ran late Tuesday night, with several residents arguing a portion of the city code allows discrimination among residence leasing.

About 30 members of the public spoke publicly, many urging the repeal of city code section 17-4.5.

Residents, landlords weigh in on housing code at Champaign council meeting

CHAMPAIGN — About 30 people spoke Tuesday to the Champaign City Council about a section of city code that many say allows discrimination in the leasing of housing.

Urbana police report traffic stops for minorities down in first half of 2018

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department on Monday announced a downtick in traffic stops of black and Asian drivers during the first half of this year.

The difference was discovered when comparing traffic-stop data for the period from Jan. 1 to June 30 to data from that same time period over the past five years.

Urbana's Landmark Hotel going back on auction block in September

URBANA — After failing to find a buyer last year, the Landmark Hotel will go up for auction again this fall.

The city announced Monday that brokerage firm Avison Young will start accepting bids Sept. 11 on the website Ten-X Commercial.

Minimum bidding is set at $600,000, a drop from the auction in December, when the minimum bid was $1.2 million.

For felons, Champaign's housing code a hindrance

CHAMPAIGN — When a person returns to society after prison, the clock immediately starts ticking.

To reintegrate back into civilian life, most journeys start with finding sustainable employment and housing. Time is of the essence as each post-release day and week goes by.