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Champaign City Council: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

City Council study session on January 28, 2020 covered two main topics- City of Champaign’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the review of Boards and Commissions. The CAFR, commonly known as “the audit” presents the financial operations and financial position of the city for fiscal year ended June 30,…

City of Champaign Employee Compensation: slicing the pie

During the Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) Meeting in August 2019, Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb evaded answering questions from board members. His excuse? It was above his pay grade. This prompted us to identify the Top 10 highest paid public officials in Champaign County. The ten highest paid public officials…

Champaign City Council: January 21, 2020

The January 21, 2020, City Council meeting kicked off with a special recognition session for two firefighters that were recently promoted. Greg Elliot, who has been with the Champaign Fire Department for 10 years was promoted to Fire Engineer. Jeff Jones, with 35 years of firefighting under his belt (21…

Attorney General Orders Human Resources Director Todd Rent to Stop Violating Public Records Laws

We have obtained a copy of a letter from the Illinois Attorney General which indicates that the City of Urbana is in violation of public records laws. The letter, addressed to Urbana Human Resources Director Todd Edmund Rent, says that Rent improperly withheld records in a recent Freedom of Information…

Citizens to Champaign Police Review Board: Complaint Process is Broken

On May 8th 2019, several citizens attended the Champaign Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) meeting to voice their grievances with the Champaign Police Department’s handling of citizen complaints. The CPD has had a complaint procedure for decades, but due to repeated issues with officer misconduct and corruption within Champaign’s department, the…

Top 10 Highest Paid Public Officials in Champaign County

Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb was in the hot seat during a recent Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) Meeting. Board members were trying to get straight answers from him, but he evaded answering by saying it was above his paygrade. This prompted us to look into how much local government officials…

Champaign City Council: January 14, 2020

On January 14, 2020, City Council met for a study session regarding Champaign City Code, Chapter 24: Special Events Ordinance. Deputy City Manager, Matt Roeschley, walked City Council members through the proposed amendments to the ordinance initially discussed in April 2019. During the prior study session, council discussed city policy…

Chief Cobb Gives Smart Ass Response to Citizen Review Board Recommendations

At the January 8th, 2020 Champaign Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) meeting, board members spent some time discussing the suggested changes to the police complaint process, a discussion that has been simmering for at least the past year. The ordinance which created the CRS in 2017 specifically tasks the 5 member…

Chief Cobb Completely Unprepared and Out of Touch at Citizen Review Board Meeting

On August 8th 2019, a special meeting of the Champaign Citizen Review Subcommittee (CRS) was convened with one specific agenda item: open discussion with Chief Cobb about the CRS’s recommendations for changes to the police complaint process. The Champaign Police Department has long been regarded as corrupt, racist, and violent,…

Champaign City Council: January 7, 2020

The first City Council meeting of 2020 started with City of Champaign Township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom announcing the hire of two new personnel. The first hire, U of I social worker intern will mainly assist with the Emergency Rent Assistance Program. Their second hire is a Program Director for Prosperity…

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