Champaign Public Library Problems

The Chamapign Public Library--this facility only open a few years and already having financial problems.
The Chamapign Public Library–this facility only open a few years and already having financial problems.

CPL Money Issues

Our local Champaign Library has money problems. There have been some other controversies over the past few years related to nearby community patrons paying for usage. Then there was the proposal to cut evening hours at the Champaign Library. The issue now is operating funds.

Solving the CPL Deficit

Various ideas have come up to help raise funds for the library:

  • Charging for parking
  • Imposing a fee for meeting room usage
  • They have a donate button on their site
  • They have already cut funds in 70% of their programs
  • Late fees have been increased
  • Staff positions have been left unfilled
  • Even the beloved bookmobile has been put in mothballs–this is serious!

The problem relates to increasing costs (even though they have been actually cutting costs since 2009) and decreased property values starting with the economic downturn of 2008.

The Champaign City Council is discussing this and the Champaign City Manager has recommended a one-time payment of $273,436 to CPL.

The Champaign Public Library continues to serve us despite severe financial issues.
The Champaign Public Library continues to serve us despite severe financial issues.

 

 

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Hyatt Place in Downtown Champaign

They say it will be ready soon–and the rooms are being finished now. The new Hyatt Place in Downtown Champaign has seemed so long in coming and may well be ready for guests within a few weeks. Furniture has been unloaded according to their facebook page and the News Gazette ran a picture of their swimmimg pool with water in it last weekend.

Here are some update photos:

Seems not that long ago that this downtown Champaign corner was a hole in the ground!
Seems not that long ago that this downtown Champaign corner was a hole in the ground!
Need a Champaign job? Contact Hyatt Place- they are hiring.
Need a Champaign job? Contact Hyatt Place- they are hiring.

 

 

 

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Voting Places in Champaign County

Gordy Hulten has his crew buzzing in preparation for the elections March 18 in Champaign Urbana
Gordy Hulten has his crew buzzing in preparation for the elections March 18 in Champaign Urbana

How to Register to Vote in Champaign County

First you need to be sure you are registered to vote–too late for this one but get registered now for the next election.

You can register to vote easily using kiosks around the area, and then just be sure to be aware of the issues and when voting day is.

Where to Vote in Champaign Urbana

The website for the Champaign County Clerk’s office has an interactive page that makes it easy to find your polling place in Champaign County. The list of polling places is linked to the map and you can get the info you need for times etc there as well.

Tuesday, March 18 is the day to vote

You see all kinds of signs around the are now–and debates are winding down. You can vote early in CU at a half dozen places in the area through March 15. But after Saturday you need to find your local spot and get there between 6a and 7p on Tuesday, March 18.

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