Overview of Champaign, Illinois
According to the city of Champaign website, Champaign was founded in 1855, when the Illinois Central Railroad placed its tracks two miles west of downtown Urbana. Originally called “West Urbana”, it was renamed “Champaign” when it acquired a city charter in 1860. The city encompasses approximately 22.3 square miles of land and is a home-rule municipality of about 88,000 residents. The University of Illinois is the central hub of the city and offers endless possibilities for education and adventure.