News Room

Joint Statement – Champaign County

In response to Governor Rauner’s comments on the radio yesterday, we have the following statement:

Champaign County has been a shining star of economic growth in the State of Illinois for a number of years. Home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the top research institutions in the world, and also employers like Wolfram, Heinz Kraft, Carle, FedEx, Parkland College, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Oath (Yahoo), Amdocs, Agrible, Granular, and Busey, not to mention the University of Illinois Research Park which is home to 115+ high-tech companies, from startup to Fortune 500, and has 2,000+ employees combined, we are proud of the following:

– We have direct access to three interstate highways, plus rail and air

– Champaign-Urbana was the state’s fastest-growing city in 2017 – when looked at together, Champaign-Urbana is the sixth largest city in the State of Illinois, ranking just ahead of Springfield and Peoria

– A low unemployment rate of 3.5% (Champaign County)

– During the past five years, Champaign has added 2,589 jobs

– The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District had more than 12 million riders in 2016 and 2017 – in 2016, ridership topped that of Rockford (IL), Indianapolis (IN), and Nashville (TN)

– 156,000+ Amtrak passengers from Illinois Terminal

– Added United Airlines service from Willard Airport to Chicago in 2017 and set a 10-year record in enplanements

– Consistently ranked as bike friendly, a top college town, age and family friendly, and was recently named Best Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living Magazine

– We are a diverse and welcoming community

We recently celebrated a homegrown success story – the expansion of II-VI EpiWorks, a leading provider of compound semiconductor epitaxial wafers. The expansion, which included support from the State of Illinois through an EDGE grant, included the building of two new structures, a 17,888 SF clean room and 24,966 SF office building. The project has enabled the creation of 100+ technology jobs and numerous operations and administrative support positions. This is just one of the many success stories in Champaign County – and we look forward to creating more.

We ask that Governor Rauner join us in our success and support the continued economic growth of Champaign County.


Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, City of Champaign

Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin, City of Urbana

Mayor Joan Dykstra, Village of Savoy

Sean M. Widener, Village President – Village of Mahomet

Village of Rantoul

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Visit Champaign County

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission


Media Contacts:


Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, City of Champaign

Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin, City of Urbana

Laura Weis, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Jayne DeLuce, Visit Champaign County

Carly McCrory, Champaign County EDC