General Information

This page contains general information about Champaign County Government.

Code of Ethics Return to top

Champaign County Officials

The County of Champaign is committed to the highest standards of conduct by, and among, County officials in the performance of their public duties. Individual and collective adherence to high ethical standards by public officials is central to the maintenance of public trust and confidence in government.

While County officials agree on the need for proper conduct, they may experience personal conflict or differing views of values or loyalties.

In such cases, the principles contained in the Code of Ethics provide valuable guidance in reaching decisions which are governed, ultimately, by the dictates of the individual conscience of the public officials and his or her commitment to the public good.

Certain of these ethical principles are best expressed as positive statements: actions which should be taken; courses which should be followed; goals which should permeate both public and private conduct. Other principles are expressed as negative statements: actions to be avoided and conduct to be condemned.

The Code of Ethics for Champaign County Officials has been created by, and for, elected County officials. However, these principles apply to the day to day conduct of both elected and appointed officials, and to the employees of County government.

Champaign County recognizes that this Code of Ethics should serve as a valuable guide for all those in whom the public has placed its trust.

The Ethical County Official should:

  • Properly administer the affairs of the County.
  • Promote decisions which only benefit the public interest.
  • Actively promote public confidence in County government.
  • Keep safe all funds and other properties of the County.
  • Conduct and perform the duties of the office diligently and promptly dispose of the business of the County.
  • Maintain a positive image to pass constant scrutiny.
  • Evaluate all decisions so that the best service or product is obtained at a minimal cost without sacrificing quality fiscal responsibility.
  • Inject the prestige of the office into everyday dealings with the public, employees and associates.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude toward employees, other public officials, colleagues and associates.
  • Effectively and efficiently work with governmental agencies, political subdivisions and other organizations in order to further the interest of the County.
  • Faithfully comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the County and impartially apply them to everyone.

The Ethical County Official should not:

  • Engage in outside interests that are not compatible with the impartial and objective performance of his or her duties.
  • Improperly influence or attempt to influence other officials to act in his or her benefit.
  • Accept anything of value from any source which is offered to influence his or her action as a public official.
  • The ethical County Official accepts the responsibility that his or her mission is that of servant and steward to the public.

Electricity Aggregation Program Return to top

In February 2016, Champaign County went out to bid with a group of 114 communities in order to procure a new contract for its Electric Aggregation Program. The new contract with Homefield Energy is a 36-month contract at a fixed rate of 5.907 cents per kWh. The contract provides 100% renewable or “green” energy and begins in June 2016.

Background

  • Municipal electric aggregation allows local governments to create a large buying group of residential and small commercial retail electric accounts in order to seek bids to secure consistent pricing. 
  • Champaign County’s Aggregation Program was adopted by voters in 2012, and the 2016 bid was the county’s third time to seek bids for the program.
  •  The current 2-year contract with Homefield Energy expires in June 2016.
  •  The program is an Opt-Out aggregation program which means that residents of unincorporated Champaign County who are currently signed up for the program, or are current Ameren Illinois customers, will be automatically enrolled in the aggregation program unless they opt out of the program.

2016 Electric Aggregation Program

  •  Homefield Energy will send Opt-Out letters to eligible residents of unincorporated Champaign County in the spring and allow for a 21-day opt out period.
  •  The Opt-Out letters will include the new price, term length, Terms and Conditions, FAQs, opt out instructions and information about electricity supply options.
  •  Customers who do not opt out during the initial opt out period may choose to leave the program at any time without incurring a charge.
  •  Unlike previous contracts, the current contract does not include a “price match” which allows the community to cancel the contract if the utility price drops below the contract price; however, customers do have the option to go back to the utility by opting out of the aggregation program.
  •  Homefield Energy will send out informational letters to residents of unincorporated Champaign County who are currently served by third-party suppliers but are eligible to participate in the county’s aggregation program. The letter will provide information about the program and give instructions to residents who wish to opt in to the program; however, residents should be aware of the terms of their current contract and any charges they might incur by terminating their current contract.

Energy Supply Options

Customer can find out more about their options for electricity supply by visiting
https://www.ameren.com/illinois/electric-choice
or
https://www.pluginillinois.org/dotpoints.aspx

Contact Information

For questions about electricity supply contact Homefield Energy 866-694-1262
For questions about electricity distribution contact Ameren Illinois 800-755-5000
For questions about the county’s aggregation program contact Good Energy 866-955-2677

Freedom of Information Act Return to top

In compliance with
5 ILCS 140 - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

FOIA Requests will be promptly complied with or denied within five (5) business days after receipt of the request. The time for response may be extended for not more than five (5) business days from the original due date.

Records requests for commercial purposes will be responded to within twenty-one (21) working days after receipt.

Please note that the manner in which public records stored by means of electronic data processing are provided to persons lacking knowledge of computer language or printout format are either by printing native files to hard copy or by converting native files into image files, such as Portable Document Format (PDF).

For more information about FOIA Request response times and how to appeal a denial of a request please review the Freedom of Information Act or the Attorney General's FOIA Guide.

The following documents are available here and in the Office of the County Board at Brookens Administrative Center 1776 E Washington Street, Urbana, IL 61802.

Section 140/4 - Dissemination of information about public body:

Public Court Records do not require a request under FOIA and are available for inspection at the Champaign County Circuit Clerk's Office on the first floor of the main Courthouse at 101 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61801. Court Records can also be viewed on the Circuit Clerk's website (http://www.cccircuitclerk.com).

Holidays Return to top

  • 2017
  • New Year's Day - Observed Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Martin Luther King Day - Monday, January 16, 2017
  • President's Day - Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Spring Day (Good Friday) - Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 9, 2017
  • Veteran's Day - Observed Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - Thursday, November 23, 2017 & Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Christmas Eve - Observed Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Christmas Day - Observed Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Labor Contracts - Current Return to top

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Labor Contracts - Prior Return to top

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News Releases Return to top

Policies Return to top

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Prohibition Against Discrimination Return to top

It is the policy of Champaign County to comply with all laws that prohibit discrimination based on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, order of protection status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service in serving the people of Champaign County. If you believe you have been discriminated against you may file a complaint with the Office of General Counsel, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

Website Terms & Conditions Return to top

Website Terms and Conditions:

All the pages on this website, http://www.co.champaign.il.us, are provided as a service to the public in order to provide access to information about Champaign County Government. Harvesting of information from the Champaign County Government website through automated processes is forbidden. Actions that impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the system are prohibited.

The information contained in these pages was correct at the time of publication.

Champaign County reserves the right to make changes to information contained herein at any time, without notice, and assumes no liability for damages incurred as a result of errors, omissions or discrepancies.

It is always best to confirm that the information is up-to-date by contacting the responsible department.

If you believe any material contained in this or any other webpage on this site is inaccurate please report the name of the page containing inaccurate information to the Information Technology Department via email to webmaster@co.champaign.il.us or by phone at (217) 384-3776.