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Harvest delights are available at Urbana's Market at the Square this Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. 
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Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin welcomes readers to this edition of It's All About "U" October 2020. She talks bout how the City of Urbana is beginning work on community well-being, public safety and policing. The City and the NAACP of Champaign County hosted The Ten Shared Principles of Policing Designed to Build Trust World Café and Workshop for members of the community and officers from the Urbana Police Department. Go here to watch the workshop in its entirety.
The Ten Shared Principles
Urbana Police Chief, Bryant Seraphin, left, signs The Ten Shared Principles of Policing Designed to Build Trust immediately following Champaign County NAACP President, Minnie Pearson, seen to the right in this photograph. This signified their adoption of the principles by The City of Urbana Police Department and has committed the department to the relationship between law enforcement and the people they serve in Urbana. 
Photo by Kathryn Levy, City of Urbana
The Ten Shared Principles World Café and Workshop Leaders, from left to right, are: Robert Moore, Chair, NAACP Illinois Criminal Justice Committee; Diane W. Marlin, Mayor, City of Urbana; Bryant Seraphin, Chief of Police, City of Urbana; Minnie Pearson, President, NAACP, Champaign County; Teresa Haley, President, NAACP Illinois State Conference; and Ed Wojcicki, Executive Director, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Photo by Lucretia A. Pearson-Williams, Champaign County NAACP
The Ten Shared Principles World Café Workshop was a critical step in the City of Urbana’s ongoing efforts to improve relationships between law enforcement officials and members of our shared community. The small group, face-to-face setting was essential to the open and honest conversations that took place. Thank you to the Champaign County NAACP, The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the NAACP Illinois State Conference, and honored guests who contributed to the workshop. 
Video by Jason Liggett, Urbana Public Television
As we enter fall, families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season, starting with Halloween. Because some of the traditional ways to celebrate this holiday do not allow for proper social distancing, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has guidance to allow for safe Halloween celebrations. Trick-or-treating events need to incorporate social distancing, masking, and proper handwashing, as well as adherence to event size limitations. For this year, it would be safest to plan special events at home, using social media and other meeting platforms to connect with family and friends. However, for those who choose to celebrate in person IDPH is offering the following guidance. Urbana and Champaign trick or treating hours will be Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers additional guidance, available here
River Birch Lane Now Official Street
Plantation Point was the name of a street in the Stone Creek subdivision in Urbana. The Urbana City Council voted in favor of the change earlier this summer, after a group of homeowners petitioned for it. Now, the street signs have been officially changed. Go here to see the full story in Smile Politely
Photo by Diane Wolfe Marlin, Mayor, City of Urbana

Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.

Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. The Urbana Fire Department will have virtual features, videos and activities all week. 

Anonymous Donor Gifts $5M

The Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has received a gift of $5 million to fund renovations and enhancements at the newly acquired Atkins Golf Club at the University of Illinois from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Planned enhancements of the Atkins Golf Club at the University of Illinois will add value to Stone Creek, the residential communities surrounding the golf course where undeveloped lots are being sold by the DIA and U of I Foundation. Go here to see a video of the Atkins Golf Club. 

Stone Creek lots are eligible for the ThinkUrbana Tax Abatement program. A $300,000 homeowner would likely realize a tax savings of over $27,000 in the first five years of full property assessment. Restrictive Covenants require a minimum 1,400 SF home on a 1-story, minimum 1,800 sq. ft. home or a multi-story home with at least 900 sq. ft. on the ground floor.

For more information, contact The Atkins Group at 217-367-2121 x26 or click here to fill out an interest form.
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Market Safely

Remember this is an "in and out" market. Please be on your way as soon as you make your purchases. We thank you in advance for your support! 
Help Shape the Future of the Kickapoo Rail Trail   

Visit to provide input on the Urbana KRT Extension Study.  This study proposes five alternatives to extend the KRT west from its current terminus at Main Street to Lincoln Avenue.  The draft plan is open for a 30-day public comment period from Thursday, October 1, 2020 through Friday, October 30, 2020.  For more information, contact Gabe Lewis, Planner, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission at


The City of Urbana has issued Emergency Orders to address the heightened risk of COVID-19. Frequently asked questions relating to these Orders are here. To see the Emergency Orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, go here


, Quick Links to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Business Resources, FAQS, Video Links, and how to get much needed help, guidance, and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic are here. Also, listed are resources to donate blood and help support the food bank

Resources to Help

The City of Urbana has resources to help you with hunger, paying your rent or mortgage, paying your utilities, finding childcare, and helping you if you're jobless or underemployed. We also have resources if COVID-19 has affected you or your family. Go here to get help. 

Urbana Open for Business

Go here to see how the City of Urbana can help you start your new business! Are you part of an existing Urbana business that needs COVID-19 support? We can help! Go here to see support for area business impacted by the pandemic.  

Fall Checklist 2020 #MaskandVax

Along with pumpkin tea, latte, and that cute COVID-19 mask with the little Jack-O-Lanterns on your fall checklist, make sure to add, "Get a flu shot!" to that all-important list. Remember to #MaskandVax for Fall 2020. Free COVID-19 testing is also available. Go here for more information. 
Let's Be Safe

Our local businesses that take the pledge are committing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They can be viewed here. Through safety standards outlined by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, they will ensure the safety of their customers and their employees.

Help with Hunger

While all support is appreciated, financial support allows Eastern Illinois Foodbank the most flexibility in handling these fluid circumstances. A donation of any amount helps them continue to respond. Please click here to donate.

Eviction Notice? 

Do you know any local families in need of financial assistance with bills? The Land of Lincoln Legal Aid  Referral Center believes all people of Central and Southern Illinois should have access to justice, income security, adequate housing, quality education, healthcare, safety from violence and exploitation, and the opportunity to improve their own lives. 

Serve on the Library Board

Go here to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m., October 16, 2020.
CU Folk & Roots Festival 

The 2020 Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival will be streaming online October 23 and 24, 2020. Programming announcements coming soon! 
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Elizabeth Hess talks with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's Julie Pryde about the COVID-19 pandemic. Go here to see more in this series. 

Get Out and See the Great Artdoors

40 NorthSpurlock MuseumUrbana Arts & Culture Program, the Champaign Park District, and the Urbana Park District are thrilled to present the following 10 selected artists for the new collaborative program, the Great ARTdoors. We hope these works activate space, spark dialogue, make connections, and create joy! The selected artworks will remain installed through late November. For more click here!

Sixth Annual CU Jazz Festival Goes Virtual

This fall marks the sixth season of the CU Jazz Festival, bringing together audiences and high quality jazz experiences. This year, we invite you to enjoy an online performance by Melvin Knight. Knight brings his personal touch for creating and elevating melodies, inside relatable lyrics all within an infectious energy. It all takes place Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Don't miss your chance to hear some of the best crooning this city can offer. 
Vibrancy in Urbana 

A grant, made possible by the Urbana Arts & Culture Program, led local artist Carlie Upchurch to the south wall of 123 Main St. in #DowntownUrbana, where the artist created this thought-provoking and vibrant mural. Give it a look! Go here to apply for a grant in the arts. 
Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to City of Urbana for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Congratulations to the City's Human Resources & Finance Department for their achievement! 
Save Money on Your Electric Bill

The City of Urbana has achieved the lowest municipal electrical aggregation rate since 2014. The new lower price becomes effective in December. In preparation for the new contract rates, residents and eligible small businesses will receive opt-out notices in the mail in early October, and customers who do not opt out will be enrolled at the new rates. There is no cost to participate in the program, and a customer may leave the program at any time without obligation. Click here to see more. 
Urbana Community Solar

The City of Urbana Sustainability Program is partnering with Nexamp and Trajectory Energy Partners to bring this savings opportunity to our community. Save on your electricity costs with no upfront cost and no long-term commitment. It’s a no-risk way to save money and support solar energy development in Illinois. Featured in International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives-Local Governments for Sustainability, Urbana Community Solar is truly "Solar for All!"
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City Receives Additional Funding for Consolidated Plan

The City of Urbana received $294,966 in CARES Act funding to be used to prevent, prepare, and respond to needs of low and moderate income persons impacted by COVID-19. "The funding needs to address gaps in service and not duplicate services provided by other agencies and federal/state funds," Sheila Dodd, Manager of the Grants Management Division for the City of Urbana, said. Go here to read more. 
LRC Fall Savings

The Landscape Recycling Center has a Fall Savings Sale:  
Rick Firewood - $75
Bundle of Firewood - $7.50 for15 pieces
Red Granite Fines - $118 per ton
The Landscape Recycling Center is located at the edge of Urbana off of University Avenue, with easy access from Interstate-74 and State Route 150. Call 217-344-5352, or go to:

HOME Community Development Housing Organization

A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a nonprofit, community-based organization that develops affordable housing for the community it serves. CHDOs may use HOME funds for all eligible HOME activities. 15 percent of HOME funds are set-aside for CHDO activities. A CHDO must act as the owner, developer, or sponsor of a project that is an eligible set-aside activity. Eligible activities include: the acquisition and/or rehabilitation of rental housing; new construction of rental housing; acquisition and/or rehabilitation of homebuyer properties; new construction of homebuyer properties; and direct financial assistance to purchasers of HOME-assisted housing that has been developed with HOME funds by the CHDO. Go here for the application. 

Arts & Culture Sponsors October Events

Artist's Talk with Paula McCarty, Creator of Women Who Painted - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective - Friday, October 9, 2020 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Young Artist's Studio | Accidental Pop Art! - Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Applications and Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate Programs

Click here if you would like to nominate someone for Urbana's Poet Laureate. An email will be sent to them notifying them of the nomination. Nominations will be kept anonymous and must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020. Late nominations will not be accepted. 
Click here to apply for Urbana's Poet Laureate. You do not need to be nominated to apply.  Applications for Poet Laureate are due at 5 p.m., Sunday, October 18, 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Click here if you would like to nominate someone for Urbana's Youth Poet Laureate. An email will be sent to them notifying them of the nomination. Nominations will be kept anonymous and must be submitted no later than 5:00pm, Thursday, October 8th. Late nominations will not be accepted.
Click here to apply for Urbana's Youth Poet Laureate. You do not need to be nominated to apply.  Applications for Poet Laureate are due Sunday, October 18th at 5pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.
Welcome to the City of Urbana:
  • Gregory Ray Firefighter 9/14/2020
  • Lemond Peppers Community Engagement Coordinator 9/28/2020
  • Bourema Ouedraogo UPTV Production Assistant 9/24/2020
Employment opportunities at the City of Urbana 
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

Urbana Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ivory-Tatum, reads Alma and How She Got Her Name, a story by Juana Martinez-Neal for Hispanic Heritage Month. Go here to see more stories brought to you by the Urbana School District. 
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