Champaign is recognized for innovation, leadership and excellence. Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois. The city is located 135 miles south of Chicago, 124 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 miles 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. Thanks to the university and a number of well known technology startup companies, it is often referred to as the hub of, or at least a significant landmark of the Silicon Prairie. Champaign houses offices for seven Fortune 500 companies, and two more are planned to arrive soon. As reported in the 2000 U.S. Census, the city was home to 67,518 people. The city held a special census in 2007 that showed that its population had grown to 75,254.
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The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is a local, property tax-supported government agency charged with the stewardship of five forest preserves covering 3,858 acres in Champaign County, Illinois. The Forest Preserve District, which covers all but seven sections of Champaign County, was established by referendum in 1935. Due to the Depression and World War II, however, the first park was not opened until 1948. We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves. Several landmark events occurred at Lake of the Woods in the 1960s. The Covered Bridge was constructed in 1965; the HI Tower bell carillon was dedicated in 1966; and the Early American Museum opened its doors in 1968. More land was added to the park with the help of federal grants.
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The five Champaign County forest preserves are open year-round. These forest preserves include Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, River Bend Forest Preserve, and Homer Lake Forest Preserve, as well as Middle Fork River Forest Preserve and Sangamon River Forest Preserve.