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 Emily Siner / For CU-CitizenAccess.org
Leonard Doyle stands by the front window, next to the box office, and looks out. Park Avenue looks different than it did in 1948.
That was the year he got his start working here as an usher, still in high school. He remembers watching great entertainers come through the building: Guy Lombardo, Red Skelton, the Marx Brothers. They stopped by on their way from Chicago to St. Louis.
At the newly renovated Virginia Theatre, memories come back to life.
The C-U Immigration Forum organized a candelight vigil and march in Champaign, Ill. this week to show support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, over two dozen local organizations and congregations planned to take part in the “Light the Pathway to Citizenship – Don’t Block It” event.
This is just one of several events going on across the country, including in the nation’s capital.
By Elise King / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- A grassroots organization still has concerns about the contaminated groundwater at the toxic site located at the intersection of Fifth and Hill streets in Champaign, Ill.
Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, said her group is still worried that the groundwater contamination can spread. The site is owned by Ameren Illinois, which purchased it from Illinois Power Company.
Lennhoff, whose organization has been running the 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign for several years, said the group plans to start voicing its continuing concern this spring.
Ameren Illinois spokesman Leigh Morris said that the soil remediation has since been completed and that the groundwater at the site is not a concern.
“There is no health threat, and there never was,” Leigh said, explaining that any contaminated groundwater is contained within the site.