Formed in 1833 out of part of Vermilion County, Champaign county is located about 130 miles south of Chicago, 160 northwest of St Louis, 100 west of Indianapolis, and 90 miles east of Peoria. It is generally recognized that Runnel Fielder and his family were the first white dwellers within the county. He is also credited with planting the first orchard.
The main public institution of higher learning is the University of Illinois. Parkland College, a two-year institution is also located here.
Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the county in the mid-1850's prior to his running for the U.S. Senate in 1958 against Stephen A. Douglas.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 170,272, a decrease of 2,753 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
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Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Urbana) Champaign County
(Clinton) De Witt County
(Tuscola) Douglas County
(Paris) Edgar County
(Paxton) Ford County
(Decatur) Macon County
12/09 Coming to The Urbana area
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Bloomington IN May10 The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.