Dennis Roberts

Experienced, Passionate, Effective

My platform is, in part, to rekindle the 
Warm Heart of Urbana through dignity, hope, 
opportunity, cooperation, generosity, beauty, 
and imagination.


  16 years of service as Alderman, Ward 5; six of these serving also as Mayor pro tem
•  Founding sponsor of Lierman Neighborhood Community Garden  
•  Actively works to preserve Urbana’s built and natural environment 
•  Partnering with community agencies to create pathways to jobs in the trades for 
       disadvantaged youth 
•  Chairman, award winning Urbana Sister Cities program with three global partnerships
•  Board member, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
•  Board member, Illinois Sister Cities Association


"Waoooh, This is a very noble decision you have made Dennis. I am 100% sure you will make the name. You have the experience it takes to be the Mayor. The passion you have to improve welfare of others, regardless of race or colour, etc. I can attest to that. I will wish you all the best as you campaign for this top notch office of the city." 

              —Mussa Mwale
                 Director of Administration
                 Lilongwe City Council

The Fortune Cookie

The Saturday night before I appeared before the Urbana City Council to introduce myself as a candidate to complete the three month term of outgoing Alderwoman Laura Huth in December 2004, I dined at a Chinese restaurant and received the following message in my fortune cookie:

"You are interested in public service and would make 
an outstanding statesman."


(The fortune cookie unfortunately did not say anything about winning my first Primary election by only eight votes, 284-276, in February 2005.)

Illini Newsroom Interview 

Candidates for Mayor of Urbana 

The Interviews of the three candidates for Mayor of Urbana conducted by WILL Reporter Jim Meadows
are now posted at 

The full interviews are grouped below this topic on the Illini Newsroom Web page. 

I recommend that you listen to each of them and compare what we are offering as candidates. 
Very different visions and ideas on how to make our community come alive.  

I hope you listen to my interview. 

Yours, Dennis Roberts 

to my campaign

Donations to support my campaign can be sent to 
"Dennis Roberts 4 Mayor"
c/o  602 E. High Street
Urbana, IL 61801


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