June 5, 2013CU-CitizenAccess.org is making some 1,600 county jail inspection reports available to the public. These reports were gathered using a Freedom Of Information Act request to the Illinois Department of Corrections for an in-depth look into status of county jails throughout the state. Use these reports to gain a better understanding of the conditions in your county.
June 5, 2013
Illinois state inspectors say the bridge carrying traffic on County Highway 50 over Interstate 74 in Mahomet is in “critical condition” and “structurally deficient.”
But an average of 2,550 vehicles — including school buses — still use the bridge each day, although the bridge has been reduced to a single traffic lane since August 2011.
May 30, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org - Trash litters the floors of the Edgar County jail, unknown liquid leaks from the ceilings, and broken locks make it impossible to secure internal doors.
The Sangamon County Jail is consistently overcrowded, making living quarters unfit for inmates.
These are just a few of the shortcomings in the Illinois county jails revealed in a review of hundreds of state...
April 25, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A Northern Illinois University lecture hall was the target of a mass shooting in 2008 where five persons were killed and 18 injured before the shooter took his own life.
At the time of the shooting, Northern’s students had to voluntarily sign up for emergency text message alerts, which only reached up to 10 percent of the university’s students.
The Safe Haven community began late in the spring of 2009 when a small group of homeless people began pitching tents in a backyard near the Catholic Worker House in Champaign.
The organizers were seeking a sense of safety and community in a group, supporters said.
A Champaign County landlord convicted Wednesday of renting a condemned apartment was in court again Thursday on charges that raw sewage is overflowing at his apartment complex near Rantoul.
Bernard Ramos, 36, was found guilty Wednesday in a bench trial of criminal housing management for renting an apartment with numerous health and safety hazards at 709 W. Church St., C.
In December Yolanda’s public aid benefits were reinstated and though she doesn’t have a job currently, she is still in the No Limits program and continues to meet with Woodard on a regular basis. An Ameren IP representative was able to ignite the pilot light and Davis and her family have heat. Since Jan. 10, Yolanda has been attending adult education classes on a weekly basis and she has also enrolled in Even Start, an educational program for mothers and their children.