Champaign County

Background

Champaign County was incorporated on February 20, 1833. Township form of government was adopted in 1859. The County Board currently has 9 Districts, with three members representing each District for a total of 27 Board members. The County Board Chair is elected from the Board members. The County currently has an Administrator hired by the County Board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the County.

Home to the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and two major regional hospitals (Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Hospital), Champaign County is a leader in education, health care, government, high technology, light industry and agriculture. Champaign County comprises 1008 square miles, the majority of which are involved in agriculture, nearly $300 million in production per year. The 2010 US Census estimate lists Champaign County as the 10th largest County in the State of Illinois with a population of 201,081. The largest urban areas in the County are the City of Champaign (81,055), the City of Urbana (41,250), and the Village of Rantoul (13,674).

Population

1990 2000 2010
Champaign County 173,025 179,669 201,081
Illinois 11,430,602 12,419,293 12,830,632

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The county is made up of 28 townships, for more information visit the IL Secretary of State.

Twenty-three municipalities fall within its borders. Alphabetically these include, Bondville, Broadlands, Champaign, Fisher, Foosland, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Longview, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Pesotum, Philo, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, Tolono and Urbana.

Education

K-12 Education:

www.greatschoolsgreatlife.com

Higher Education

Parkland College

Parkland College is primarily a two-year college offering vocational and transfer degrees in over 100 different areas. Parkland also offers advanced degrees through partnerships with Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Springfield, Franklin University, Olivet-Nazarene University, and Greenville College. Parkland also offers nine sports teams and numerous student organizations.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research universities in the world. Eleven alumni of UIUC, including nine university faculty, have been named Nobel Prize Laureates, and 18 alumni and two faculty members are Pulitzer Prize recipients. UIUC campus is also home to the largest public university library in the world, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the renowned Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and 19 Division I sports teams.

Transportation

Champaign County resides at the intersection of three interstates (I-57 which runs north-south, and I-72 & 1-74 that run east-west)

Public Transportation:

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD)

Airport:

Willard Airport (CMI) to Chicago and Dallas
Charter flights are available through Flightstar

Rail service:

Amtrak (passenger)
Canadian National (commercial)
Norfolk Southern (commercial)

Average commute time:

13.7 minutes

Arts & Culture

Champaign County is home to a diverse array of artistic and cultural opportunities, ranging from the thriving downtown that a vibrant entertainment district featuring upscale restaurants to quaint historic main streets, art galleries, boutiques and nightlife in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere to numerous music venues, such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts which hosts more than 300 performances a year in it’s four venues. Champaign County is also home to the Boneyard Arts Festival and Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, held each spring at the historic Virginia Theatre.

For more information on Champaign County’s arts and culture, please visit 40N/88W, the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council.

Recreation

The Champaign County Forest Preserve boasts more than 3,500 scenic acres throughout the county. Activities include fishing, boating,  hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding, golfing, and swimming. For more information on recreational opportunities, please contact the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Health Facilities

Contact Information

Debra Busey, County Administrator
County Board Office
Brookens Administrative Center
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
phone: 217-384-3772
Fax: 217-384-3896
dbusey@co.champaign.il.us
www.co.champaign.il.us

John Hall, Director
Planning and Zoning
(217) 384-3708
zoningdept@co.champaign.il.us

Jeff Blue, County Engineer
1605 E. Main St.
(217) 384-3800
highwaydept@co.champaign.il.us

Regional Planning Commission
Cameron Moore, CEO
(217) 328-3313
cmoore@ccrpc.org