By Hannah Prokop/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Champaign County spent about $6.8 million last year to prepare young children from low-income families for kindergarten.
But it is not enough.
Although the programs serve nearly 600 children, there are still 230 on the waiting list.
By Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting -- The average yearly amount of taxpayer money funding the highly subsidized federal crop insurance program has more than doubled in just over a decade.
From 2003 through 2007, the government spent an average of $3.4 billion per year on crop insurance, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Restaurant goers in Champaign County can call the Champaign Urbana Public Health District at (217) 373-7900 to file a complaint against the business if it’s located in the twin cities, or (217) 363-3269 if it’s in the county.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Restaurant complaints filed in Champaign County over the past six months have ranged from a restaurant running out of napkins to a cockroach crawling out of a customer’s food.
Ninety complaints were filed with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District from September through February. Nearly forty percent of those complaints were for fast food chains.
Many of those hundreds make their way to Rantoul, a village of about 13,000 people in Champaign County and the summer home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign football team's training sessions. As the sessions get underway in mid-August, the hundreds of migrant workers wrap up the first wave of agriculture work in nearby corn fields.
It was standing room only in the atrium of the Enterprise Works building at the University of Illinois’ Research Park last week as local governments and the University announced the expansion of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) to all residents of the two cities.