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Meet Your New City Council, Mayor and City Clerk

Here are your new Urbana City Council members, mayor and city clerk.

Bottom left: Maryalice Wu is the new First Ward alderwoman. She replaces Charlie Smyth, who was elected city clerk. Wu, 45, is the director of data analytics at the University of Illinois. She is a two-term senator on the UI Academic Senate. She has served recently on the Urbana Design Review Board. She is a 26-year resident of Urbana and has a son and daughter.

Urbana Officer Writes Book About History of Urbana Police Department

The Blue & the GoldUrbana Police Sgt. Matt Rivers isn’t afraid of an intimidating project.

Several years ago, he decided to research his family tree. An amateur at genealogy, he wound up finding his father’s half-sister, whom his father had never met.

More recently, Rivers decided that he and his fellow officers needed to know more about the long history of the Urbana Police Department, which dates back in 1855 when Urbana was first incorporated as a city.

“People had looked into things before, but I realized current officers didn’t know anything about the Police Department,” said Rivers, a nine-year Urbana Police veteran. “I decided I wanted to know more.”

After four years of effort, Rivers has completed that research, in the form of a self-published book, “The Blue & The Gold, A History of the Urbana Police Department, 1855-1976.”

Fiscal 2018 Budget 'A Foundation For the Future'

A proposed $45.9 million city budget provides “a foundation for the future,” according to newly elected Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin.

But getting to that better future will require sacrifices over the next few years, the mayor warned at a news conference Monday, where the city’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget was released.

Declining sales, income and hotel-motel tax revenues -- combined with no resolution to the ongoing Carle Hospital property tax court case -- will leave the city general corporate fund balance $1.2 million below the recommended $4.9 million or 15 percent of recurring general fund expenditures by this June 30.

Marlin is proposing a number of budget cuts and one major revenue increase to begin to close that gap.

Annual Budget Press Conference

Date: 
May 15, 2017 - 11:00am

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.

bluebird boutique Opens to Brisk Business

bluebird pwnerAngie 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.

“I’ve just had this dream,” she said. “I’ve always loved fashion and to make women feel good about themselves." 

Three weeks is too early to judge whether a store will be a success or failure, but Armstrong is highly encouraged by initial sales, saying they are going "very, very well.”

"One thing about a boutique is you can get something unique, something not many other women will be wearing," she said.