Click HERE to see restaurant inspection reports


Our new restaurant app is here!

Check out this new mobile-friendly tool that allows you to see the health inspection scores of all the restaurants inspected in Champaign County.

Visit Food Health Inspections to begin.

About this project:

For the past five years, Champaign Urbana Public Health District officials have discussed ways to best publicize restaurant inspections.

In 2011, CU-CitizenAccess.org began posting full inspection reports of all restaurants that failed routine health inspections since 2008.

Last year, health officials released an online search tool that allows the public to access all health inspection reports of food service.

As a service, we continue to post the full reports of failed health inspections as part of our searchable, interactive map.

Access the map, stories and other content on this issue here.

A screenshot showing the CU-CitizenAccess.org application for searching local events on Facebook.
A screenshot showing the CU-CitizenAccess.org application for searching local events on Facebook.
 
As part of an ongoing project called Intersections, we are working on digital tools that help the community see the events and issues first publicized, and sometimes only publicized, through social media. We hope this can increase community engagement and conversations on those events and issues.
 
With help of grants from foundations, the digital team at CU-CitizenAccess.org has been working on a project called "Intersections" — a project that allows citizens to see how social media intersects with their lives every day and in every way, including events, policies, ideas, opinions or decisions.
 
We are offering a beta (in progress) version of one of the parts of the early stages of our work in which we gather information from Facebook to locate events and topics of interest in Champaign-Urbana.
 

Health Care

Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village residents gather for a “kitchen band” activity session on Nov. 7, 2014.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- In one central Illinois nursing home, staff allowed a man labeled as an “elopement risk” to leave and wander 38 miles away. In another facility, two...

Jobs

By Staff/CU-CitizenAccess.orgPresident Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage in his State of the Union address. He proposed raising the current federal minimum hourly pay rate, currently...

Housing

Illini Tower, located at 409 East Chalmers Street in Champaign.
By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess -- In addition to fraternities and sororities, inspectors visit 15 privately-owned residences that fall under the certified housing rules,...

Justice

By Klaudia Dukala/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- After more than 10 years of debate and studies of the defects of the downtown Champaign County jail, county officials still have no clear plan to...

Neighborhoods

Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org --The only domestic violence shelter in Champaign-Urbana has had to turn away hundreds of women and children because it does not have enough room, and the...

Agriculture

By Lauren Rohr/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Sustainable Student Farm serves a variety of purposes on the University of Illinois campus. Hundreds of students gain hands-on experience by working and...

Food

Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org — The Champaign County Board is continuing its opposition to the mandatory posting of health inspection placards for county food establishments outside the cities...

Education

Marques Lowe in Champaign, Ill, July 8, 2014.
This story is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from WNET that WILL-TV received in partnership with WTVP-TV in Peoria and CU-Citizen Access, a community journalism project of the University of...
2014-08-06
By Robert Holly / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting -- Each summer, hundreds of seasonal workers leave their homes in Texas and Mexico and travel more than 1,000 miles north to work in the corn fields of central Illinois.
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.
2014-06-26
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Raw sewage backup prompted health inspectors to temporarily shut down two area restaurants in April.Champaign-Urbana Public Health District inspectors failed six others during April inspections. One of the restaurants, Rice Garden at the Illini Union, closed permanently after its failure for an unrelated reason.Evo Internet Café, 711 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, was closed for nearly a week after health inspectors noticed raw sewage on the basement floor during a re-inspection.
2014-06-04
Darrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Now all residents in Champaign-Urbana can access big broadband, thanks to a new agreement with a private company.
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.

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