Scott Bennett (D) represents Champaign in the Illinois Senate while Carol Ammons (D) represents Champaign in the Illinois House of Representatives. Davis (R) serves Illinois's 13th congressional district, which includes Champaign, in the United States House of Representatives.
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.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 million for American family farmers.Champaign is notable for sharing the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with its sister city of Urbana.
Champaign is also home to Parkland College which serves about 18,000 students during the academic year.
Due to the university and a number of well known technology startup companies, it is often referred to as the hub, or a significant landmark, of the Silicon Prairie.
Champaign houses offices for Sony, and for the Fortune 500 companies Abbott, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Dow Chemical Company, IBM, and State Farm.
Currently, the City Council is composed of three At-Large members and one member from each of the five council districts located within the city limits.
As of May 2017, its members are: Tom Bruno (At-Large), Will Kyles (At-Large), Matthew Gladney (At-Large), Clarissa Fourman (District 1), Alicia Beck (District 2), Angie Brix (District 3), Greg Stock (District 4), and Vanna Pianfetti (District 5).
Champaign is located on relatively high ground, providing sources to the Kaskaskia River to the west, and the Embarras River to the south.