I'll be live tweeting from the Champaign candidate forum tonight from the Champaign City Council chambers. I don't trust the WiFi in the council chambers, so I can't promise a live blog, but I'll have plenty of updates here: @patrick_wade.
The city is nearing the end of its 150th anniversary celebration, and the year-long program of events will end soon with the dedication of a time capsule to be opened in 2060 (the city's 200th anniversary). I thought it would be interesting to see what was on the minds of former or current elected officials.
The Champaign City Council unanimously approved 284 checks totaling $2,030,895.95 during its Tuesday night meeting.
The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that 20,000 visitors will travel to Champaign beginning today for the Illinois High School Association state championship wrestling tournament this weekend at the Assembly Hall. The money they inject into the Champaign-Urbana community and the consequent respending by local businesses and their employees is expected to have an estimated $5.1 million impact on the local economy.
The city council this week approved $843,307.54 worth of vendor payments for the period between Jan. 28 and Feb. 10.
The city of Champaign wrote 1,730,174.78 worth of checks to vendors during the period of Jan. 14 to Jan. 27. The city council approved the payments this week (delayed one week because of a canceled meeting).
Somewhat out of context, council member Tom Bruno commented during last night's city council meeting on Jimmy John Liautaud's contemplation of moving his corporate headquarters out of Champaign to Florida following the state legislature's decision in January to raise income taxes.
For the sixth time this season, the city of Champaign activated its sidewalk snow removal ordinance on Thursday, giving property owners in Campustown and downtown until Saturday to clear their walks.