Office of the Mayor

Mayor of Urbana: Diane Marlin

Duties are defined by state law for Urbana's mayor-aldermanic form of government.

  • The mayor is the chief executive of the city.
  • The mayor appoints numerous officials and staff including the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, and Director of Community Development as well as members of city boards and commissions, all with the approval of the city council.
  • Represents the City on intergovernmental boards (e.g., METCAD, Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Area Transportation Study)
  • Chairs City Council Meetings
  • Serves as Liquor Commissioner
  • Works with City Council to plan and implement city goals, plans, standards and policies
  • Manages resources for achievement of City goals and objectives
  • Oversees hiring, the regular review of compensation, benefits and working conditions, and the discipline of all City personnel
  • Represents the City in various intergovernmental activities, in matters with the news media and at public relations meetings and events
  • Works with Finance Director to develop the annual budget proposal and administer the approved budget

To contact the Mayor, please contact Jolinda Ross, Administrative Assistant at 384-2456 or

For information regarding liquor licensing, please contact Jolinda Ross at 384-2456 or


Urbana City Building
400 South Vine Street
61801 Urbana , IL
M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(217) 384-2456

Department Posts

Mayor Diane Marlin will hold a Press Conference on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. in the Urbana City Council Chambers, 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL for the purpose of releasing the proposed 2017/2018 budget. The proposed budget will be available at on the Annual Budget webpage beginning on Monday, May 15, 2017 and in the Finance Department by 9:00 a.m.
Post date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:55
Angie Armstrong has had a longtime dream of owning a women’s fashion store. On April 1, after two months of do-it-yourself remodeling work, that dream became a reality with the opening of the bluebird boutique at 212 W. Green St., Urbana. Three weeks later, the Urbana native is still giddy at having her own business.
Post date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 14:51
City officials have made significant progress in negotiating a redevelopment agreement for the Urbana Landmark Hotel -- including reducing proposed city incentives from $9.5 million to $7 million. Other new provisions in the draft agreement include:
Post date: Friday, April 7, 2017 - 14:27
Busey is investing $1.5 million to remodel its banking center in a project that will relocate more than 50 additional associates to downtown Urbana by mid-August.
Post date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 13:30
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today (March 23, 2017) that a property tax exemption lawsuit filed by Carle Hospital in 2007 should be sent back to Champaign County Circuit Court to determine if Carle is a charity. The ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court was that the case was not ready for appeal. The high court thus vacated a 4th District Appellate Court decision that declared a 2012 state law unconstitutional.
Post date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 16:08