Groups that crossover with Racial Justice Task Force recommendations meeting this week:
Build Programs Not Jails meets Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm at the Independent Media Center.
The Housing Authority of Champaign County Board of Commissioners has its monthly meeting Thursday April 26th at 3pm at their offices at 205 W. Park Ave (agenda likely here when available). They may be discussing reentry housing in Champaign County including a pilot program the incoming and interim Executive Directors mentioned at a previous Champaign County Reentry Council meeting (more on that here).
RJTF housing recommendation updates: CU Indivisible had a general meeting which will be addressed its work and collaboration with other local groups on the housing issues. This included updates from Esther Patt of the Champaign Urbana Tenant Union as well. CU Progressives has been reaching out to Champaign residents on the issue. Local religious social activism groups appear to have growing involvement as well, and there may be some actions to report later this month.
There was a meeting earlier between CU Indivisible and the Mayor of Champaign on the housing issue (more on that here). The issue also came up at the Housing Authority of Champaign County (more from the Reentry Council meeting last month). And there was the County Board vote (more information and links on the Cheat Sheet here) and a recent Smile Politely article have motivated a lot of ideas towards movement.
*** There's a County Board regular meeting this week. It will be meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm (agenda packet here and an information packet on selling the Nursing Home here, including responses to concerns brought up at last week's COW). They will be voting on whether or not to sell the Nursing Home at this meeting. More on the board's leaning heading towards a possible vote to sell at the end of the month here: Nursing Home Vote Count. ***
The week kicks off Monday with the County Executive Transition Committee that is establishing the rules and guidelines for the new County Executive form of government. Previous minutes, handouts, and agendas here (under 2018 meetings - note that the most recent minutes are in the next meeting's agenda packet awaiting approval). These meetings are open to the public and held in the Putnam Room (map).
On Tuesday there is a Litigation Committee meeting, which probably relates to Nursing Home issues, but most of that will be in closed session due to the content (agenda packet here).
On Wednesday there are the Mental Health and Developmental Disability boards. If you're interested in finding out more about county Mental Health and Developmental Disability programs and agencies they can be a bit wonky. They are, however, very interesting if you want to see all of the gears moving to provide care to so many in our community. If you're interested in what an MHB or DDB meeting is like, here are a couple write up examples: Mental Health Board 2018, Developmental Disabilities Board 10/25/2017.
Also on Wednesday afternoon is the Rural Transit Advisory Group meeting. The Rural Transit Advisory Group deals with issues with rural public transportation in the county. More information including agendas available here. There's a recent quarterly report for anyone who wants to dive into their overview.
The full 2018 schedule is on the Calendar page and the County page. The regular County Board meetings are back to Thursdays until next holiday season.
If you're curious about learning more about how your county government works, it's easy enough to live stream a meeting or go in person: Attend a Meeting.
Brookens Administrative Center
1776 East Washington Street
Urbana, Illinois 61802-4581
After 4:30 the Washington Street side Parking Lot is Closed See Maps for the North East Parking Lot Access