The battle of the sister cities

In Central Illinois, a decades-long battle like no other looms over the cornfields and University buildings. The competition ignites passion within...

January 22, 2023
5:26 AM

In Central Illinois, a decades-long battle like no other looms over the cornfields and University buildings. The competition ignites passion within those who are most concerned with its competitors. Peace can only be brought by the results.  The contenders? Champaign-Urbana vs. Urbana-Champaign.  For over 100 years, residents of both Champaign and Urbana have playfully bickered over one important question: Should the sister cities be called Champaign-Urbana or Urbana-Champaign?  To answer this undying question, as well as raise money for the Champaign County History Museum, a few community representatives put together a friendly, community-wide competition that ran during the end of 2022.

Faith Allendorf