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Champaign-Urbana is a metropolitan area in central Illinois, composed of the towns of Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy. The community is the site of the main campus of the University of Illinois, one of the great public universities of the United States.

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  1. The modern silo was invented and built in 1873 by Fred Hatch on his father’s farm. Hatch was also a graduate of Illinois Industrial College, which later became the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  2. On September 22, 1985, Champaign hosted the first Farm Aid concert at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium. The concert drew a crowd of 80,000 people and raised over $7 million for American family farmers.
  3. Built from 1922–1923, Memorial Stadium in Champaign, was named in honor of the students and faculty members who died overseas during World War I.
  4. Founded in 1855 and incorporated as a city in 1860, Champaign was originally called West Urbana but had its name changed by legislative act at the time of its incorporation
  5. Due to the university and a number of well known technology startup companies, Champaign is often referred to as the hub, or a significant landmark, of the Silicon Prairie.

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