Megan Vasiliadis/ForCU-CitizenAccess.org -- Teenage cyberbullies across Illinois might want to think twice before posting anything mean or reckless on social media ever again.
Illinois public school administrators now have the authority to demand a student’s social media account password if the school suspects the student of violating a disciplinary rule or policy, thanks to a new law implemented earlier this...
2015-04-21Cheryl Silver/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The number of children receiving free and reduced-cost lunches in Champaign County is on the rise as numbers across the country decline. Of the school districts that reported, more than 51 percent of children in the county are receiving free or reduced cost lunches, up 2 percent from 2014, according to state education data.
By Hannah Prokop/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Champaign County spent about $6.8 million last year to prepare young children from low-income families for kindergarten.
But it is not enough.
Although the programs serve nearly 600 children, there are still 230 on the waiting list.
By Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting -- The average yearly amount of taxpayer money funding the highly subsidized federal crop insurance program has more than doubled in just over a decade.
From 2003 through 2007, the government spent an average of $3.4 billion per year on crop insurance, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
In the seven Medicare-certified nursing homes in Champaign County alone, inspectors from the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted at least 114 complaint-based inspections.
But that improvement, some critics say, is not an accurate representation.
“I don’t trust any of the ratings that are online,” said Ben Neiburger, a Chicago-based elder-law legal specialist and principal partner of the firm Generation Law. “I mean, I suppose there’s a difference between a five-star place and a one-star place, but the rest of them, who knows?”
It is a promise, though, that many Champaign County and central Illinois nursing homes are finding hard to keep because of understaffing, particularly when it comes to registered nurses.