Click HERE to see restaurant inspection reports


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

Health inspection reports of restaurants and food facilities are available by request from the health department. In June, the health department also began posting a monthly list of all inspected food facilities and the current status.

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

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

Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab. A review of Illinois Department of Public Health documents found that one of the nursing home’s residents “eloped” from the facility and traveled nearly 40 miles away – alone.
By Claire Everett / CU-CitizenAccess.org -- State officials have conducted hundreds of complaint-based nursing home inspections across central Illinois since 2011. In the seven Medicare-certified...

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

Alpha Delta Phi, located at 310 East John Street in Champaign
By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois...

Justice

Example's of lab components provided by Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies during a discussion about the area's growing problems with methamphetamine.
Illinois registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country last year. Listen to the original radio story and watch the television broadcasts aired on Illinois Public...

Neighborhoods

By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org --  An ongoing struggle between the Monticello City Council and a citizen’s group has led to the city council being cited for violating the Open Meetings...

Agriculture

By Karyna Rodriguez/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- One person can make a difference. Nicole Bridges embodies that statement more than almost anyone I’ve ever met.Nicole runs Prosperity Gardens in...

Food

By Emma Weissmann/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- After five years of trying to get restaurant inspection reports on their Web site, public health officials finally succeeded this month. The site...

Education

Sandoval holds a sign outside of the Native American House during a University-sponsored "I stand for..." event last year. Photo courtesy of Suey Park.
By Angelica LaVito / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Xochitl Sandoval is proud of her Native American heritage. She is not proud, however, of her campus's attitude toward her Native American heritage....
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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