April 10, 2013
CU-CitizenAccess.org has won a national investigative journalism award for its collaborative project with Hoy Chicago looking at changing demographics and racial issues in Central Illinois.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 4,000 member organization, gave the small multi-platform award to CU-CitizenAccess and Hoy Chicago for the project called Midwest Chronicles.
April 19, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- On Wednesday, April 17 the group Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice held a public hearing with jail consultant Alan Kalmanoff to air their concerns and ask questions about his ongoing evaluation of the Champaign County jail.
Over 70 people were in attendance, from local community members to graduate student members of the Planners Network to county officials...
April 25, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- If an emergency happens on its campus, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville gets the message out to 100 percent of its students via text message.
But only about half of the students at Iowa State University would receive an emergency alert via text.
April 25, 2013
By Amy Harwath/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A Northern Illinois University lecture hall was the target of a mass shooting in 2008 where five persons were killed and 18 injured before the shooter took his own life.
At the time of the shooting, Northern’s students had to voluntarily sign up for emergency text message alerts, which only reached up to 10 percent of the university’s students.
By Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess -- Just 29 Champaign County eateries ranked in the top scoring health inspections over the past six months, a new CU-CitizenAccess.org analysis shows.
Of the 703 health inspections of food establishments and restaurants between September 2012 and February 2013, 172 inspections scored 90 and above.
Below is a map with nearly 2,200 health inspections of food establishments and restaurants across Champaign County inspected between September 2011 and February 2013.
This list also includes schools, churches and hospitals among others.
Use the search bar in the top right-hand corner of the map to search for a health inspection report by name.
Click on the information bubble to see adjusted score and date of inspection for each establishment inspected since September 2011.
Click on the color marker key at the bottom of the map to sort by score.
By Emily Siner / For CU-CitizenAccess.org
From the late 1800s to late 1900s, Champaign-Urbana was home to at least a dozen different opera houses, movie palaces and independent theaters, which attracted historic celebrities like Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Harry Houdini and the Marx Brothers.
The map below compiles some of the theaters in downtown Champaign. Click on the blue markers for more information.
Some of the old theatres and “opera houses” in Champaign include: