September 12, 2014
By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Whether a restaurant in Champaign County should have to tell customers if it failed its health inspection is still up for debate.
As of January, food establishments in the cities of Champaign and Urbana were required to post colored placards that signified whether they passed their inspections.
A green placard means it passed, yellow that it failed and must be re-...
September 11, 2014
By Earn Saenmuk/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- There was a girl in my Korean class. Well, there were more than one, but this particular one was special. She was very nice, and her Korean was so good that I felt a little intimidated.
I noticed while the teacher was taking attendance that her last name did not sound like an Asian last name. Her name was Claire Hampton, though she told the teacher that she also has a...
September 5, 2014The racial makeup of police departments across the country has grown to become a heated national issue after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown – an unarmed black teenager – in Ferguson, Mo., last month. An initial analysis by CU-CitizenAccess.org of local police staff numbers revealed a race gap mirrored in national and regional reports. The staff information was obtained through requests made under...
September 9, 2014
By Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting -- Champaign County has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of households on the federal food stamp program since July 2010 – an increase that has followed national trends.
There were just over 13,800 low-income Champaign County households enrolled in the program in July, according to state data.
In July 2010, there were 9,850 enrolled...