| November 16, 2017
With a U.S. Department of Justice-imposed deadline approaching, Champaign County officials have increasing pressure on them to either renovate or close the 37-year-old jail in downtown Urbana.
More than 100 Illinois pesticide retailers reported the weed killer dicamba drifted and damaged soybeans even when it was sprayed in good conditions, according to a recent industry survey.
Altogether, from June 1 to September 30, 16 food establishments were closed or failed inspections for health code violations, according to a review of inspection records by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
Since 2001, the former hospital on Nightingale Court in Rantoul, Ilinois housed as many as 450 migrant farmworkers and their families to work in the fields in central Illinois.
But this year, its owner – Unique Storage Inc. – did not submit a migrant labor camp application for the site, known as Nightingale, according to the state public health department.
Instead, housing for the farmworkers was moved elsewhere. More Headlines
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Sarah McCabe, a junior who uses a wheelchair to navigate the University of Illinois campus, says that the quality of physical access varies greatly from building to building, room to room. “I’ll admit that I am very spoiled because I’m a communication major, so I spend most of my time in Lincoln [Hall].
With a U.S. Department of Justice-imposed deadline approaching, Champaign County officials have increasing pressure on them to either renovate or close the 37-year-old jail in downtown Urbana. The county has already stopped using much of the downtown jail – it has a daily population hovering around 45 people, even though its capacity is 113 inmates.
In October 2014, state and local officials and Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac donned hard hats in an empty farm field to announce a deal to bring a $1.4 billion nitrogen fertilizer plant to central Illinois. Atac said he hoped to break ground in 2015 in Tuscola, Ill., with plans to complete the plant by early 2017.
Ed Bland, the executive director of the Housing Authority of Champaign County, was hired in the same position in Portsmouth, Virginia, last week. Bland, who has served in his role in Champaign since 2003, will start his job 45 days after signing a contract with the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
A moldy ice chute, food preparation areas with pesticides stored above them and storage coolers occupied by houseflies and moths were among the worst violations leading to closures and failures of eateries across the county since July. In total, 18 establishments were closed or failed inspections for serious health code violations between July 1 and Sept.
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