Megan Vasiliadis/ForCU-CitizenAccess.org -- Teenage cyberbullies across Illinois might want to think twice before posting anything mean or reckless on social media ever again.
Illinois public school administrators now have the authority to demand a student’s social media account password if the school suspects the student of violating a disciplinary rule or policy, thanks to a new law implemented earlier this...
2015-04-21Cheryl Silver/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The number of children receiving free and reduced-cost lunches in Champaign County is on the rise as numbers across the country decline. Of the school districts that reported, more than 51 percent of children in the county are receiving free or reduced cost lunches, up 2 percent from 2014, according to state education data.
By Hannah Prokop/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Champaign County spent about $6.8 million last year to prepare young children from low-income families for kindergarten.
But it is not enough.
Although the programs serve nearly 600 children, there are still 230 on the waiting list.
By Robert Holly/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting -- The average yearly amount of taxpayer money funding the highly subsidized federal crop insurance program has more than doubled in just over a decade.
From 2003 through 2007, the government spent an average of $3.4 billion per year on crop insurance, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
They will have their first of two opportunities in 2014 to cast votes and select county leadership by participating in the March 18 primary election, when they can make choices for Champaign County Board members. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
CU-CitizenAccess.org also produced its first broadcast for Illinois Public Media’s PBS news hour as part of an in-depth look into meth use.