Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- In the past four months, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District shut down seven restaurants because of issues that put customers at risk.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A Champaign restaurant received one of the worst health inspection scores on record after inspectors found dried meat and blood on its wall in April.
Inspectors closed Ichiban Buffet, located at 105 N. Mattis Avenue in Champaign, after it received a -56 out of 100 on its April 27 health inspection.
By Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — On April 17, Jeremy Irons of Urbana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated domestic battery and intimidation. He had smashed his girlfriend’s head against the interior of her car until she passed out and then later choked her and threatened her by saying he might go to get a gun.
By Eleanor Black/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The state budget for agricultural education is once again coming under the scythe.
In June 2010, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted a budget that zeroed out the $3 million funding under Gov. Pat Quinn, but by August, Quinn announced he restored it to $1.9 million.
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.