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.
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...
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.
By Delphine Dargegen - Juanita Moody, 92, has spent most of her life in Bristol Place. Today she is threatened by the city’s possible plans to demolish her house and make her move. She explains the hard and happy times she lived in her little house to make us understand why she is ready to fight to keep it.