Champaign's Government 101 Academy begins
The Champaign City Government 101 Academy has a full class this session with 36 residents participating and more placed on a waiting list.
The academy, which began Sept. 15 and lasts through mid-November, gives participants an inside look into how city leaders manage issues and the responsibilities of each leader.
Deputy Mayor Paul Faraci welcomed the class and briefly explained the role of the City Council and the city manager’s office. Participants then learned about the different roles of the council members, city manager, mayor, boards and commissions, liquor licensing board, and the mayor’s office, city manager’s office, community relations office, and communications division.
After learning about the council-manager form of government, participants took part in a mock council meeting to see how members address challenges and handle business.
The Neighborhood Services Department organizes the academy, which meets 12 times during the two-month course. Participants will take part in a graduation ceremony Dec. 6 during the council meeting.