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

After months of interviews and reviewing Medicare data, Illinois Department of Public Health reports, court records and other documents, CU-CitizenAccess.org found that central Illinois homes are...

Jobs

By Britney Clapp / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Since 2008, the U.S. economy has taken a downfall, and many businesses have been forced to close. Fortunately, businesses in Champaign County have not...

Housing

Jeremy Leevey, fire prevention officer for the Urbana Fire Department, stands outside the University of Illinois Fire Station on Sept. 25, 2014.
By Janelle O'Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org For the past month, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been working to teach students what it takes to prevent fires as a part...

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

By Jonathan Nonnie/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A sports-related injury can be a devastating event in the life of an active young adult. But for Nealay Kalita, a sophomore student at the...

Agriculture

By Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — After making record profits from 2007-2013, farmers in Champaign County who rent their land are likely to lose money on both corn and soybeans in...

Food

A new and improved way to evaluate your favorite restaurant is now right at your fingertips.  We’ve updated our popular map of restaurant inspection failures. The revised map features green...

Education

Christopher Koch, the state superintendent of education in Illinois, goes over material with his staff at the board of education building in Springfield on July 7, 2014. The superintendent oversees the implementation of pre-kindergarten through high school education. By statute, the superintendent is also president of the teacher’s retirement system.
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...
2014-08-07
By Christine Herman/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- "Anne" and "Kate" are licensed home birth providers in Wisconsin but considered criminals in Illinois.
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. 
2014-07-24
By Christine Herman/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- When Cheryl Gioja went into labor, her husband Joshua got down on his knees to “catch the baby” in the living room of their Illinois home. What he did was not a crime. But if a midwife had been there, she would have been breaking the law.
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. 
2014-06-23
By Christine Herman/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Home births have increased by more than 50 percent since 2004. But in 22 states, certified professional midwives have to work outside the law to assist women in home birth.

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. 

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