community events

Couple of things popped up on my radar recently.




Champaign, IL – Concerned Community Members will hold a news conference to address recent acts of gun violence. 

What:    Community Members will address four (4) recent incidents related to gun violence involving youth

             and young adults.

Who:     Pastor Lekevie Johnson, Jericho Missionary Baptist Church

             Herb Burnett, Business Owner

             Janice Mitchell, Urbana Community Member

             Will Kyles, Council Member, District 1

Date:     June 10, 2013           

Time:    10:30 A.M.

Where:  Champaign City Council Chambers

              102 N. Neil Street, Champaign


The News Conference will be carried LIVE on CGTV (Channel 5) and streamed LIVE on the City’s website at

Please join us for today’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Kickoff event today at 1:30 p.m. at the Aldridge Auditorium at Centennial High School.

Members of the Champaign Schools District Administration and representatives from the City of Champaign will be present. This will be a great photo opportunity and opportunity to capture our students joining together with members of the local business community. I am happy to assist with coordinating interviews.

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a collaboration with Champaign Schools and the City of Champaign. The program, which is in its third year, aims to bring together youth and local employers to create lasting professional relationships and long-term success for students. The kickoff will bring together 55+ participating community employers with the program’s 130 student participants in grades 8-11.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending!

Best wishes,


Stephanie Stuart

Community Relations Coordinator

Champaign Unit #4 School District

Mark your calendars: Key event to support alternatives to incarceration.

The Community Justice Task Force
Report on Alternatives to Incarceration
June 25th at 6 pm
Brookens Administration Center
1776 E. Washington, Urbana

The task force has been working for more than a year developing alternatives to incarceration. On June 25th, they will outline recommendations to the County Board for:

  1. Reducing the need for jail space in the county.
  2. Promoting successful re-entry for those returning from prison.
  3. Decreasing the African-American population in the jail.
  4. Reallocating a large portion of public safety sales tax to alternatives to incarceration.

The Task Force was formed as a result of public pressure to find ways to avoid spending millions on a new jail.

Please come out on June 25th at 6pm and show your support for the Community Justice Task Force and alternatives to incarceration.

Also, come visit our No New Jails campaign table at the Juneteeth celebration June 15th from 1-4pm at Douglass park and at the Urbana Farmer’s Market throughout the summer.

– No More Jails in Champaign County

No More Jails in Champaign County website


One Response to “community events”

  1. pattsi Says:

    This task force will be meeting on 13 June to put the final touches/approval on the report. This meeting is at 6 P @ Brookens in the Putnum room. This is an excellent opportunity to provide any final input/concerns that you might want the task force to consider.

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