City of Urbana Votes 7-0 to Approve WRFU Tower Permit




Tonight, WRFU has passed the biggest legislative hurdle to date. In a unanimous 7-0 vote, the City of Urbana voted in favor of granting the IMC a Special Use building permit to construct WRFU's new 100' tower. This is a tremenous moment for the IMC and WRFU, five years in the making. Special thanks must be given to the volunteers who have worked so hard on creating a fantastic proposal -and- for their unwavering support to stay motivated for months and years. To the overwhelming show of supporters who attended the Urbana City Council meeting, the Historic Preservation and Planning Commission meetings:


So what's next?
We need to send our amendments to the IL Historic Preservation. As the IMC is a historically registered building, we need to run any exterior structural changes by them before we can break ground. There might be a survey or two. And then, the building can begin! That tower will be up in no time.

How you can help

  1. Attend a WRFU meeting. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the IMC. Meetings are open to the public, and you don't have to be a member to help (although we'd love to have you if you'd like to join).
  2. Join the conversation. We are looking to bring in more volunteers to weigh in on the final planning stages of tower approval and construction. Whatever your skills and knowledge of radio may be, we are open to teaching and the only requirement you need is to suit up and show up! Finally...
  3. DONATE! Click that beautiful green at the top right of this page and support local media. WRFU is funded almost entirely by WRFU membership fees and donations. Towers cost money and so does the process of building one. Volunteers have already spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in donated time and energy (and probably a little sanity, too) to bring the tower this far. A question of whether there's enough money in the bank should not be the biggest concern on our minds. Consider a donation in the amount you think is appropriate. It will be money well spent and you can know with confidence that your money will be invested directly into YOUR community.

If you have an interest in getting involved, but don't know how to start, you can also always email RFU at rfu[at]lists[dot]chambana[dot]net and we'll send you in the right direction. Again, thank you everyone who has supported the tower, both past and present. We are this much closer to actualizing the original dream of what WRFU is to be for Chambana (and all the surrounding communities, too!).

Celebrations are in order!


Two items of good news in one day: 

- radio tower

- champaign mayor is out. countdown to the end of finney begins now.

A Good Day for Progressives

Urbana gets a new pool, too.

And  voters, NOT county board insiders/political hacks, will still get to choose the county auditor.

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