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What is the difference between a chief of staff and a chief administrative officer?

There was a question from a reader last week regarding the difference between a "chief administrative officer" in Urbana and the mayor's "chief of staff."

The reason this question is relevant to the primary election (and probably the general election, too), is because candidate Les Stratton has threaded it into almost every issue he has adopted as a campaign point.

Urbana mayoral debate: Prussing and Stratton clear up differences (live blog)

Candidates in the Feb. 26 Democratic primary election for Urbana mayor and city clerk will debate tonight at 7 p.m., and I’ll have your live coverage right here and on Twitter, @patrick_wade.

Candidates to debate on Friday night (and I plug my live blog)

The four candidates from two Urbana Democratic primary races will have a chance to make their cases to voters and answer questions from the public on Friday night.

Locals reflect on president's second inauguration

As a follow-up to what I wrote for Monday's newspaper about locals who were at yesterday's inauguration of President Barack Obama, I asked Lekevie Johnson, the pastor at Jericho Missionary Baptist Church and Champaign City Council member Tom Bruno to let me know what they though of

Where do your property taxes go? (Hint: Increasingly toward pensions)

Both the Champaign and Urbana city councils are meeting tonight to take action on the property tax rates you'll be paying next year.

Still not much support in Champaign for 'urban chickens' (but bees, on the other hand...)

Updated at 11:47 a.m. on Oct. 11.

Building on a Campustown parking lot will actually make it easier to park

I've been getting a few questions or comments from readers who are worried about where they will park on campus if the city accepts one of the proposals from private developers to build some pretty massive buildings on Lot J (between Green and Healey str

Urbana voters will see 'awkwardly-worded' ballot question, too

A couple weeks ago came the news that an "awkwardly-worded" question may or may not appear on ballots in the City of Champaign Township this fall.

City manager in Monticello for Clinton Landfill hearing

Champaign City Manager Steve Carter is in Monticello today, where an Illinois House committee is holding a hearing on a bill that would allow cities to block a proposal to site a chemical waste landfill in Clinton, above the Mahomet Aquifer.

Tom Kacich is there, too. He'll be covering the hearing for us today, so keep an eye out for his story.

Champaign food truck program growing slowly

I stopped for lunch today at the Cracked food truck when it was parked near Neil and Church streets in downtown Champaign. My first time eating from a real, full-fledged food truck.