By Lucy Liu/For CU-CitizenAccess.org and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Taking an expensive taxi from Willard Airport to O’Hare International Airport may not make much sense, but taxi driver Stephen Love knows that two to three times a week his company gets passengers who do just that.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org — Nine restaurants and eateries have failed health inspections since November, including five that were temporarily shut down.
At some of the restaurants public health inspectors found dozens of critical violations that included raw sewage on the floor, potentially hazardous food production and dishwasher malfunctions.
Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org --Despite hundreds of domestic violence arrests each year in Champaign and Urbana, a task force formed to address the issue has stopped meeting.
The Central Illinois Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force is “on hiatus but not gone,” said task force co-chair Lisa Little, who is also a court advocate at Courage Connection.
Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org --The only domestic violence shelter in Champaign-Urbana has had to turn away hundreds of women and children because it does not have enough room, and the problem is only getting worse, according to shelter statistics.
Isak Griffiths, the executive director of the shelter, Courage Connection, said the organization currently does not have the resources to expand its...
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.