Click HERE to see restaurant inspection reports


For the past four years, Champaign Urbana Public Health District officials have discussed ways to best publicize restaurant inspections.

Health inspection reports of restaurants and food facilities are available by request from the health department. In June, the health department also began posting a monthly list of all inspected food facilities and the current status.

In 2011, CU-CitizenAccess.org began posting full inspection reports of all restaurants that failed routine health inspections since 2008.

As a service, we continue to post the full reports of failed health inspections as part of our searchable, interactive map.

Access the map, stories and other content on this issue here.

A screenshot showing the CU-CitizenAccess.org application for searching local events on Facebook.
A screenshot showing the CU-CitizenAccess.org application for searching local events on Facebook.
 
As part of an ongoing project called Intersections, we are working on digital tools that help the community see the events and issues first publicized, and sometimes only publicized, through social media. We hope this can increase community engagement and conversations on those events and issues.
 
With help of grants from foundations, the digital team at CU-CitizenAccess.org has been working on a project called "Intersections" — a project that allows citizens to see how social media intersects with their lives every day and in every way, including events, policies, ideas, opinions or decisions.
 
We are offering a beta (in progress) version of one of the parts of the early stages of our work in which we gather information from Facebook to locate events and topics of interest in Champaign-Urbana.
 

Health Care

After months of interviews and reviewing Medicare data, Illinois Department of Public Health reports, court records and other documents, CU-CitizenAccess.org found that central Illinois homes are...

Jobs

Last week, The News-Gazette reported that a Peoria-based construction company was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution for falsely claiming it would hire minority subcontractors as part of...

Housing

By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- At the Theta Chi fraternity house last fall, Champaign city inspectors found 81 fire and life-safety violations, including holes in bedroom...

Justice

Bradley P. Gould, superintendent of Champaign County Veterans Assistance Commission at the VFW Post 630 Memorial Day ceremonies, May 26, 2014.
By Keenan Chen and Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Unable to pay her rent after losing her job, Air Force veteran Anna Robinson turned to the Veterans Assistance Commission in Champaign...

Neighborhoods

By Jonathan Nonnie/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A sports-related injury can be a devastating event in the life of an active young adult. But for Nealay Kalita, a sophomore student at the...

Agriculture

By Lauren Rohr/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Sustainable Student Farm serves a variety of purposes on the University of Illinois campus. Hundreds of students gain hands-on experience by working and...

Food

Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org — The Champaign County Board is continuing its opposition to the mandatory posting of health inspection placards for county food establishments outside the cities...

Education

Christopher Koch, the state superintendent of education in Illinois, goes over material with his staff at the board of education building in Springfield on July 7, 2014. The superintendent oversees the implementation of pre-kindergarten through high school education. By statute, the superintendent is also president of the teacher’s retirement system.
This story is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from WNET that WILL-TV received in partnership with WTVP-TV in Peoria and CU-Citizen Access, a community journalism project of the University of...
Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab. A review of Illinois Department of Public Health documents found that one of the nursing home’s residents “eloped” from the facility and traveled nearly 40 miles away – alone.
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By Claire Everett / CU-CitizenAccess.org -- State officials have conducted hundreds of complaint-based nursing home inspections across central Illinois since 2011.
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.
Three residents sit around a table during a knitting activity session as Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village on Nov. 7, 2014. Clark-Lindsey in Urbana and Country Health in Gifford are the only five-star facilities in Champaign County.
2014-12-21
By Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Since 2011, dozens of central Illinois nursing homes have improved their five-star Medicare rating, some by as much as four stars.
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?”
2014-12-21
By Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- For many, nursing homes seem like the best option for aging family members because facilities offer the promise of 24-hour care.
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.

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