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Municipal election season begins next week

Though it will be lost in the heat of this November’s state and federal elections, Champaign City Council members — and anyone who wishes to become a Champaign City Council member — have an important date approaching. Read on for details on the April elections.

Vacant building burns while ordinance remains stalled

Could a proposed vacant buildings ordinance have prevented a fire Monday night? A city official says it's hard to say. Read on for details on the fire and the status of an ordinance to deal with unoccupied structures.

Owners readying marketing campaign for Metro Building site

One of the owners of the land where the Metropolitan Building once stood on the southwest corner of Church and Neil streets said his group could be ready to move forward with a marketing plan for the site in about a month or so. Read on for details.

Big Broadband prices to be presented to council

Officials will propose pricing for the Big Broadband high-speed Internet project. Find out how the proposed prices for the government-owned network compare with Champaign's private cable and Internet provider.

August in the Champaign City Building

August is more than just a time for high humidities and Cubs implosions — here's a tiny taste of what you could expect to see in city council coverage this month.

Odd ordinances: Don't haul that buck

This week's ordinance isn't all that odd, but it is a great example of how two local governments can differ in how they govern. Read on to find out how the habits of residents can dictate what makes it in and out of municipal codes.

What's blue, corrugated, spiral and could appear downtown?

The city's Public Art League on Tuesday unveiled the finalists for their public art competition. These nine, chosen from a pool of 42 entries from around the country, could be on display in Champaign toward the end of August.

Downtown parking deck sets personal record; use 'contines to grow'

After the Hill Street parking deck saw its most users ever during the downtown music festival, a city official says regular use continues to grow at the $11.2 million garage. Read on to find out why and what officials hope to see in the future.

Developer calls Curtis Road parking rule risky

A debate over how to orient street parking at Wednesday's meeting of the city's Plan Commission left a question unanswered. Read on to find out why a Curtis Road developer is not happy with what the city is asking.

Odd ordinances: Sit down and shush!

Just came across this odd ordinance in researching an unrelated story. Read on to find out why that jerk in the movie theater might be more than just a jerk. He's also a Champaign outlaw.