April 10, 2013
CU-CitizenAccess.org has won a national investigative journalism award for its collaborative project with Hoy Chicago looking at changing demographics and racial issues in Central Illinois.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 4,000 member organization, gave the small multi-platform award to CU-CitizenAccess and Hoy Chicago for the project called Midwest Chronicles.
April 19, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- On Wednesday, April 17 the group Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice held a public hearing with jail consultant Alan Kalmanoff to air their concerns and ask questions about his ongoing evaluation of the Champaign County jail.
Over 70 people were in attendance, from local community members to graduate student members of the Planners Network to county officials...
April 25, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- If an emergency happens on its campus, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville gets the message out to 100 percent of its students via text message.
But only about half of the students at Iowa State University would receive an emergency alert via text.
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.
By Latifah Al-Hazza -- Located on Bellefontaine Street in Bristol Place, the Apostolic Faith Church is a place where people come to share their stories with one another. Tears of joy and sorrow flow during Sunday services as parishioners sing, pray and testify about their triumphs, misfortunes, aspirations and needs. They come for the fellowship, but most of all, they come to worship.
By Steven McRae -- Ranked No. 11 in his age bracket for Illinois basketball, Jamonte Williams has dreams bigger than just playing in the NBA. He is an honor roll student, helps his mom Sheena Williams around the house and even helps his little brother on the court. Jamonte’s mother raises her two sons as a single parent, while also managing life with sickle cell anemia. Knowing the short life expectancy of someone with sickle cell anemia, Sheena has family support to help love and care for Jamonte.
By Bob Merlo -- Chad Sullivan is an aspiring carpenter and real estate investor. When Chad purchased his first home in 2011, he chose Bristol Place, a neighborhood with some of the lowest real estate value in Champaign. Hoping to turn a profit and launch his career, Chad spends his time and money preparing the home for resale.