By Sarah Soenke/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — As the number of small business retail establishments has decreased in the city of Champaign, downtown business owners and residents are looking to revitalize local shopping options, according to the Champaign Center Partnership.
Steffie Drucker/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — Sister Maryann Schaefer was dressed modestly in a simple gray habit and fleece vest, hands folded on her lap. Though the short, gray-haired Sister now has a reputation around St. John’s Catholic Newman Center for being especially kind and affectionate toward others, she once used her hands to hurt.
By Emma Weissmann/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — Champaign County residents see the transmission of sexually transmitted infections as among the lowest-priority health concerns in the community.
Yet the county’s rate is higher than the state average. Indeed, the county rate for chlamydia is sixth highest in the state. It is seventh for gonorrhea and 15th for early syphilis, according to 2012 data from the state...
Rebecca Jacobs/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — When it comes to fires involving buildings in the twin cities, there are six hot spots.
Three of them are in Champaign and three in Urbana.
The hot spots are areas where fires have frequently occurred. They were identified through an analysis by CU-CitizenAccess.org of fire data from Jan. 2009 to Aug. 2014. During that time there were 267 building fires in...
They say home birth would be safer in Illinois if the government licensed certified professional midwives like them by helping people distinguish between trained and untrained midwives and reducing the number of unassisted home births.
But opponents, who believe hospitals are the safest place for birth, say they will continue to oppose legislation for licensing them.
Roughly 800 babies in Illinois are born at home each year. Without access to licensed providers, families resort to hiring “underground” midwives, who may or may not have adequate training. Or, like Cheryl and Joshua, they simply go it alone.
Although doctors and nurse midwives can assist home births, very few of them actually do, leaving many women without a single legal home-birth provider.
Experts discuss what some activists call a home birth crisis in one such state, Illinois.