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Federal stimulus dollars and Big Ten universities

ProPublica's database is a great tool for tracking where federal stimulus dollars go. Read on to see how Big Ten universities stack up against each other.


Odd ordinances: Cab drivers must keep clean

I’m sure you’ve seen them before. Every local government has laws on the books that seem quirky, or maybe no one even knows they’re there. I spend a lot of time looking at the Champaign municipal code, so I frequently come across them. I’ll share the ones I find here.


Champaign, Chicago on polar ends of gun control spectrum

Chicago's long-standing gun ban was recently struck down as unconstitutional, but where does the city of Champaign sit on the gun regulation spectrum? Read on for details on Champaign's gun control laws.


Honorary street names expiring; Illini Blvd. first up for renewal

Now beyond its 10-year expiration date, Illini Boulevard technically isn't Illini Boulevard until the city council renews it this month. Read on for details on this and the 28 other honorary street names in Champaign.


Property tax question on November ballot

I've written about this before, but it became official on Tuesday night at the monthly town hall meeting. If you live in the City of Champaign Township, you will be asked this question when you vote in November:


July in the Champaign City Building

New month, new city council agendas. Here’s a little taste of what you should expect to read about city of Champaign government during July:

Council meeting rule changes


Champaign library overdue fine increase effective Thursday

July 1 marks the beginning of a new budget cycle for the city of Champaign and a new overdue fine era for the Champaign Public Library.

Fines are doubling -- from 10 cents to 20 cents per day for standard items -- starting Thursday. It's the first time the library has increased overdue fines since 1992.


Checklist: Six initiatives following Carrington shooting

With council approval of changes to the police complaint process this week, the city has completed four of the six initiatives City Manager Steve Carter presented to improve police-community relations following the October 2009 fatal police shooting of Kiwane Carrington.


T-Mobile still looking to build a cell tower in Champaign

Yes, T-Mobile still wants to put up a cell tower at Kirby and Mattis.

Mark Wilson, external affairs manager for T-Mobile's central region, told me this week that the technical crews in Champaign are still planning to put in an application with the city to build the tower behind Old Farm Shops, adjacent Carrie Busey Elementary and Wisegarver Park.


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