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Our rich sense of history that influences Champaign County today ensures that as a community we have always been destined for success. Since 1833, when Champaign County was founded, it has been a welcoming guidepost on the Illinois prairie.

In the 1850s, it was a stopping point for a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln, who frequently visited friends in Champaign and Urbana as he traveled the circuit from Springfield for the Eighth Judicial District.

Throughout the years, Champaign County has continued to be both a final destination and a stopping point. As the home to the distinguished University of Illinois, our community has attracted scientists and senators, teachers and trades people, Nobel Prize winners and many other notables.

Many stay for a lifetime, enriching the community; some receive or contribute to world-class teaching before moving on to influence others in different communities. Regardless of the amount of time people spend here, they develop a unique relationship between this region and the rest of the world. While many of our residents will not receive world accolades, they are the fiber of our community and they are the primary reason that Champaign County is a great place to call home.

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