By Eleanor Black/ For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- With less than 2 percent of Champaign’s population involved in production agriculture, the Champaign County Farm Bureau has made it part of its mission to educate the community about the work being done by Champaign’s agriculture industry.
By Kirsten Keller/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Some local tattoo artists are expressing frustration with the cursory inspections of their shops since Illinois took the responsibility of inspections from the Champaign-Urbana health district two years ago.
Corinne Ruff / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Last year Bell Sports in Rantoul had about $108,000 in unpaid property taxes.
The former Gateway Studios property in Champaign had about $104,800.
And Mennenga Construction Inc. in Urbana had about $84,200.
These properties were the top tax delinquents in Champaign County as of October 2014. In total, the county was owed $2.5 million in delinquent taxes from...
By Lauren Rohr/for CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Cockroaches, mice feces, broken appliances and mold were among the most severe violations found during standard public housing inspections this past year in Champaign County.
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.