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Champaign, Illinois

Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, in the United States. The city is located 135 miles (217 km) south of Chicago, 124 miles (200 km) west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 miles (286 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Though surrounded by farm communities, Champaign is notable for sharing the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with its sister city of Urbana. Thanks to the university and a number of well known technology startup companies, it is often referred to as the hub, or at least a significant landmark, of the Silicon Prairie. Champaign is also the home of Parkland College. Champaign houses offices for seven Fortune 500 companies, and two more are planned to arrive soon.

As reported in the 2010 U.S. Census, the city was home to 81,055 people. Champaign is the 11th-most populous city in Illinois, and the fourth-most populous city in the state outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Champaign was founded in 1855, when the Illinois Central Railroad laid its rail track two miles (3 km) west of downtown Urbana. Originally called “West Urbana”, it was renamed Champaign when it acquired a city charter in 1860. Both the city and county name were derived from Champaign County, Ohio. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/il/champaign-282022493)

Things To Do In Champaign:

Come Spend A Day In Champaign!

Champaign Public Library
The Champaign Public Library has been reopened as of 2008, now being not only a place from where you can borrow a book, but also a place where friends can gather.

Hessel Park
Jogging, walking the dog, playing garden sports, going for a picnic, these are just a couple of things that can be done in Hesse Park’s 26,9 acres.

Centennial Park Champaign
Centennial Park Champaign offers numerous areas for sports, including tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer and swimming. There are numerous walking paths, a playground, picnic areas, outdoor grills, and a hill for sledding in the winter months. Food and drink are available at seasonal concession stands.

West Side Park
The West Side Park located in Champaign-Urbana is an exotic location for children’s games in a large playground area. There are many iconic statues and tributes placed around its lush park area and walking paths.

Kaufman Lake
Kaufman Lake is a popular spot for relaxation and water adventure in Champaign. The lake offers a surrounding trail for biking and hiking, as well as skiing, kayaking and canoeing on the lakes glassy waters. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/champaign-il)

Education in Champaign

About Champaign Educational System

Champaign Unit #4 Schools are comprised of 18 campuses serving students in grades pre-K through 12. Our diverse school community boasts students hailing from 77 different countries, speaking more than 80 different languages.

Elementary Schools
BARKSTALL
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
BOTTENFIELD
CARRIE BUSEY
DR. HOWARD
ARDEN HILLS
INTERNATIONAL PREP ACADEMY
KENWOOD
ROBESON
SOUTH SIDE
STRATTON
WESTVIEW

Middle Schools
EDISON
FRANKLIN
JEFFERSON

High Schools
CENTENNIAL
CENTRAL
NOVAK ACADEMY

(source: http://www.champaignschools.org/)

History of Champaign:

Champaign is rich in history!

Champaign was founded in 1855, when the Illinois Central Railroad laid its rail track two miles (3 km) west of downtown Urbana. Originally called “West Urbana”, it was renamed Champaign when it acquired a city charter in 1860. Both the city and county name were derived from Champaign County, Ohio.

During February 1969, Carl Perkins joined with Bob Dylan to write the song “Champaign, Illinois”, which Perkins released on his album On Top. The band Old 97’s took another Bob Dylan song, “Desolation Row”, and combined its melody with new lyrics to make a new song “Champaign, Illinois”, which they released with Dylan’s blessing on their 2010 album The Grand Theatre Volume One. It achieved considerable popularity. The two “Champaign, Illinois” songs are not similar to each other, except that Bob Dylan was involved in both of them.

On September 22, 1985, Champaign hosted the first Farm Aid concert at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. The concert drew a crowd of 80,000 people and raised over $7 million for American family farmers.

In 2005, Champaign-Urbana (specifically the University of Illinois) was the location of the National Science Olympiad Tournament, attracting young scientists from all 50 states. The city also hosts the state Science Olympiad competition every year. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign once again hosted the National competition on May 20–22, 2010.

In 2013, Champaign was rated fifth best place in the United States for a healthy work-life balance. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champaign,_Illinois#History)

Champaign’s Neighborhood

Check out Champaign’s Neighborhood

Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 86,096 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.

Champaign is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Champaign is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Champaign who work in teaching (14.31%), office and administrative support (11.85%) and management occupations (8.93%).

Also of interest is that Champaign has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Champaign is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Champaign have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Champaign’s economy is one such example of this.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Champaign is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/champaign/)

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Andrew Cornett

Andrew Cornett

Mortgage Branch Manager

Andrew Cornett is a Branch Manager with LeaderOne Financial Corporation, a mortgage banking firm that was established in 1992 and funds over $1.5 Billion annually in residential real estate purchase and refinance home loans.

Andrew works out of the Springfield , IL mortgage branch office and is licensed for Illinois FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional and Jumbo mortgage programs.