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Urbana Firefighters Ratify Tentative Labor Deal

The International Association of Firefighters, Local #1147, has ratified a tentative agreement for a new labor contract with the City of Urbana. The three-year agreement includes a 1% increase retroactive from July 1, 2017, a 1% increase effective July 1, 2018, and a 2% increase effective July 1, 2019.

Under the new contract, eligible firefighters will receive an additional vacation day in the final year of the agreement. It also includes language that improves firefighter training and streamlines the promotion process in light of upcoming changes to State certification requirements.

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin said she appreciated the IAFF’s willingness to negotiate an agreement that takes the City’s economic realities into account.

“Over the past several years, the City and IAFF leadership have worked hard to nurture a collaborative and productive working relationship,” Marlin said. “This agreement represents a significant milestone in that endeavor.”

Joint Statement from Urbana and Champaign Mayors

As Mayors of the Cities of Urbana and Champaign, we wish to strongly condemn the hateful violence, bigotry, and racism associated with groups promoting the ideology of white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and the KKK. Our community is greatly enriched through diversity brought by people from across the nation and around the world.

We join with the leadership of the University of Illinois to “jointly reaffirm those bedrock values that promote a culture of understanding and respect for all—no matter what color, race, ancestry, age, interests, sexual orientation, LGBTQ status, religion, disability status, national origin, immigration status, or gender.” (Office of the President, University of Illinois System)

You are welcome here.

Sincerely,

Mayor Marlin Signature

Diane Wolfe Marlin
Mayor, City of Urbana

 

My First 100 Days As Mayor

Mayor MarlinDear Neighbors,

We’re pleased to launch the City of Urbana’s monthly e-newsletter, It’s About U! This is part of our effort to share news, events, and useful information and to showcase what makes Urbana such a special place to live, work, learn, and play.

Throughout my first 100 days as Mayor of Urbana, I was often asked, “How’s it going?” and “Are you having fun?”

Here’s how I answered:

How’s it going?

Broadway Food Hall To Open This Fall

Broadway Food HallIt’s still a few months away from opening, but the Broadway Food Hall in downtown Urbana is beginning to take shape.

The food hall at 401 N. Broadway Ave. will be the first of its kind in Central Illinois, and will be host to five different restaurants and a small bar, all under one roof.

All of the restaurants will be housed in one building, with 10,000 square feet of communal dining area. Seating will mostly be at long wooden tables.

The food hall will be located in the former Four Seasons Garage Sales building, which is undergoing an extensive renovation.

Downtown Urbana developer Matt Cho is managing director of the food hall, which he described as similar to a food court, but with some noticeable differences.

“A food hall is more downtown focused, with less franchised restaurants,” he said. “There’s a local aspect to it; It’s more modern.”

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival To Emphasize Local Bands, Vendors

Date: 
August 26, 2017 - 11:00pm

sweetcorn logoThe Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is going back to its local roots.

Paris Baldarotta says she’s been thinking about ways to make the event more local for years, even before she was hired as executive director by Urbana Business Association in October 2015. The UBA organizes the festival.

“It occurred to me before I ever started at UBA,” she said. “When I attended, I wondered ‘Where are the local businesses and vendors?’ There were a lot of carnival vendors.”

This year, the local emphasis is front and center for the Aug. 25-26 festival. 

Instead of tired headline bands that had a hit song or two in the 1980s, the Sweetcorn Festival this year will feature popular local bands as headliners, including the Boat Drunks from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday night (Aug. 25) and Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. on Saturday night (Aug. 26).