Champaign County Board

Giraldo Rosales, Chair
Lorraine Cowart, Vice-Chair

Champaign County was incorporated on February 20, 1833. Township form of government was adopted in 1859. On November 8, 2016, County voters passed a referendum changing to the County Executive (without home rule) form of government. Champaign County became the second County in Illinois to adopt this form of government.

The County Board currently has 11 Districts, with two members representing each District for a total of 22 Board members. The County Board Chair is elected from the Board members.

Strategic Plan


  • Diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility to the Public
  • Justice
  • Quality of Life


Our vision is to be a recognized leader in local government where every official and employee has a personal devotion to excellence in public service and embraces the highest standards of ethics and integrity to serve the citizens of Champaign County.


The Champaign County Board is committed to the citizens of Champaign County by providing services in a cost-effective and responsible manner; which services are required by state and federal mandates, and additional services as prioritized by the County Board in response to local and community priorities.


  1. Appreciation of the diverse culture within our community
  2. Strive for a workforce reflective of the community
  3. Equal and inclusive access to services and programs
  1. Intra-governmental cooperation
  2. Inter-governmental cooperation
  3. Legislative advocacy
  4. Collaboration to achieve goals
  5. Civility and cooperation among the County Board
  1. Fiscal solvency
  2. Transparency
  3. Efficient and friendly delivery of services
  4. Ethical behavior
  5. Adaptive thinking
  6. Long-term planning
  1. Equal access to civil and criminal justice services
  2. Place value on public safety and individuals' rights
  3. Encourage effective communication among public safety/criminal justice system providers
  4. Prevention of recidivism
  5. Manage safe and secure detention facilities
  1. Value broad range of quality education
  2. Manage and encourage delivery of quality and effective health care services
  3. Effectively manage real estate tax cycle
  4. Support of local business community
  5. Promote effective economic development
  6. Management of natural resources
  7. Provide transportation options and safe, long-lasting infrastructure


GOAL 1 - Champaign County is committed to being a High Performing, Open, and Transparent Local Government Organization

County Board Initiatives:

  1. Develop strategies for declining state support
  2. Replace the County's financial software system
  3. Move commodity information technology systems to cloud services to allow IT staff to focus on County systems, buying services when appropriate
  4. Develop a list of core, mandated services provided by the County
  5. Develop strategies for retention and continuity in county leadership roles and specifically the County Administrator

GOAL 2 - Champaign County Maintains High Quality Public Facilities and Highways and Provides a Safe Rural Transportation System and Infrastructure

County Board Initiatives:

  1. Complete an assessment of County facilities
  2. Develop a long range facilities master plan
  3. Address the immediate needs of County facilities and particularly ADA requirements
  4. Explore alternative sources of revenue for facilities maintenance and new facilities

GOAL 3 - Champaign County Promotes a Safe, Just, and Healthy Community

County Board Initiatives:

  1. Address the sustainability and viability of the Champaign County Nursing Home with a long term strategy
  2. Work with local partners in the establishment of an adult assessment center
  3. Establish a system of review for County ordinances, resolutions, and plans, such as disaster plans
  4. Establish a review of County departments, boards, and commissions to ensure they meet and respond to current needs

GOAL 4 - Champaign County is a County that Supports Balanced, Planned Growth to Balance Economic Growth with Preservation of Our Natural Resources

County Board Initiatives:

  1. Ensure that all new programs have a model that sustains them past startup
  2. Seek more intergovernmental cooperation in planning in land use and fringe areas
  3. Develop energy reduction plans for both conservation and cost savings