November 26, 2013
By Cheryl Silver/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- This month marks the fourth anniversary of my father’s death. It’s also the fifth year I’ve recognized November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
My dad’s story is eerily similar to so many others who’ve battled the disease. In July of 2008, he complained of a minor pain in his stomach. When a double-hernia surgery didn’t resolve the issue, his doctor recommended a...
November 21, 2013
By Pamela G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess -- Dozens of Champaign County residents – past and present – are set to lose more than $12,000 total by the end of November.
Known as “Abandoned Bonds,” the cash is from unclaimed money by those who posted bonds on court cases that have since been resolved.
November 20, 2013
City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign each year, yet it can take months before some violations are corrected, inspection documents show.
Almost all of the 60 fraternities and sororities inspected in 2012 had violations, many of which included disconnected smoke detectors, overloaded extension...
November 20, 2013
By Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess -- Though the City of Urbana’s website has been down for nearly two weeks, city officials said they still don’t know when it will be back up.
According to the Illinois Association of Realtors, home sales increased 14.9 percent over the previous year, with 15,268 homes sold in June 2013, up from 13,286 in June 2012.
But the rising mortgage rates are causing some to question whether this trend will continue.
One restaurant, Main St. Wingery II in Mahomet, had 18 repeat violations that helped net it a score of -20 on its June 18 health inspection.
Another restaurant, Cravings, 603 S. Wright St., Champaign, failed five out of its last seven routine health inspections prompting health officials to shut it down until the restaurant passed reinspection eight days later.
According to an Illinois Public Media report, “The 216-208 vote was largely on party lines, with no Democrats supporting it. Twelve Republicans also voted against it.”