January 2017 Progress Report

In January 2017 we published a progress report to accompany our Rantoul Tomorrow Showcase at the JW Eater Innovation Center. Below you will find our Neighborhoods accomplishments and goals to date or you can view the entire report here!



  • Organized Neighborhood Services Department and hired Coordinator
  •  Brenda Runyon is our new Neighborhood Services Coordinator!
  • Contact her at brunyon@myrantoul.com
  • Implement Shop with a Cop holiday program
  • The first event was held in December 2016. 35 families, volunteers
  • Christmas in July fundraising event is scheduled for July 15, along with movie night at the pool with the Chamber
  • A Police Foundation was formed to fund community services
  • A grant application is in process to fund full-time police social worker and there are currently social work interns at the police station
  • Formation of “I Believe in Rantoul” community group has fostered community pride
  • A Wabash Park/Eater Jr. High School Partnership has been formed and Wabash Park now has a Disc golf course
  • Collaborative programming with schools
  • Youth theater program
  • Sports programs
  • Work with neighborhoods to organize Neighborhood Associations
  • Develop a Small Grant Program: dollars available to neighborhood associations for neighborhood improvement projects and programs. From cleanups to block parties!
  • City Government 101/Leadership Academy: Fall 2017 workshop series to increase     communication and knowledge about government processes
  • Establish more of a partnership with all schools, i.e. Adopt a School, Lunch with a Cop mentorship programs, and Bigs in Blue (Big Brothers/Big Sisters program)
  • Implement Meet the Neighbors BBQ/Ice Cream Socials with Neighborhood Teams
  • The new Crime-Free Multi-Housing program includes Safety Socials to increase neighborhood engagement and safety
  • Officers become more a part of neighborhood leadership
  • Develop Ryan Park/Northview School Partnership