By Lucy Liu/For CU-CitizenAccess.org and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Taking an expensive taxi from Willard Airport to O’Hare International Airport may not make much sense, but taxi driver Stephen Love knows that two to three times a week his company gets passengers who do just that.
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org — Nine restaurants and eateries have failed health inspections since November, including five that were temporarily shut down.
At some of the restaurants public health inspectors found dozens of critical violations that included raw sewage on the floor, potentially hazardous food production and dishwasher malfunctions.
Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org --Despite hundreds of domestic violence arrests each year in Champaign and Urbana, a task force formed to address the issue has stopped meeting.
The Central Illinois Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force is “on hiatus but not gone,” said task force co-chair Lisa Little, who is also a court advocate at Courage Connection.
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 problem is only getting worse, according to shelter statistics.
Isak Griffiths, the executive director of the shelter, Courage Connection, said the organization currently does not have the resources to expand its...
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.