Read more about the article Training the trusting generation: Scams on the elderly and how to prevent themLes Chatfield/Flickr Creative Commons
Scammers sometimes prey on the elderly by impersonating relatives and asking for money over the phone.

Training the trusting generation: Scams on the elderly and how to prevent them

By Bailey Bryant, Sony Kassam, Shannon Kelly and Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, the size of the elderly population is getting larger.…

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Read more about the article Slices of Life: Danville woman adores her flock of feathered friendsRobin Scholz/The News-Gazette
Cindy Eaglen, left, and Charlotte look at each other at Feathered Friends, her avian rescue and rehab organization in Champaign. Eaglen is a Danville resident but works in Champaign at Illini Recycling, which doubles as Feathered Friends. In Champaign on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Slices of Life: Danville woman adores her flock of feathered friends

By Jessica Bourque -- Cindy Eaglen — that's eagle with an 'n' — sits in her computer chair, a bird in one hand, a…

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Read more about the article “Letter to the residents of Monticello” ad lands city council in hot waterDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
Maureen Holtz address the council during a Monticello city council meeting on Monday, June 23, 2014. photo by Darrell Hoemann/C-U Citizen Access

“Letter to the residents of Monticello” ad lands city council in hot water

By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org --  An ongoing struggle between the Monticello City Council and a citizen’s group has led to the city council being cited…

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Read more about the article Slices of Life: Willie Summerville: “Somebody say ‘Amen'”Darrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette
Willie Summerville directs a rehearsal of Messiah as Davion Williams sings a solo at Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana.

Slices of Life: Willie Summerville: “Somebody say ‘Amen'”

By Samantha Bakall -- Willie T. Summerville sits behind the church organ, his fingers dancing on the keys and his lips slightly pursed at the…

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Read more about the article Despite routine inspections, keeping certified campus housing safe remains constant challenge
A photo taken by city of Champaign inspectors at Theta Chi, 310 E. Gregory, Champaign on Sept. 4, 2013.

Despite routine inspections, keeping certified campus housing safe remains constant challenge

By Janelle O’Dea and Robert Holly/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- At the Theta Chi fraternity house last fall, Champaign city inspectors found 81 fire and life-safety violations,…

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Read more about the article Trial period over – yellow placards could be coming to a restaurant near youContributed/Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
A draft version of a reinspection notice. Public health officials are drafting ordinances that would require food establishments to post a color-coded placard that indicates the results of each health inspection. Yellow means the food establishment failed its health inspection with an adjusted score below 36 and but can remain open pending a reinspection within 30 days.

Trial period over – yellow placards could be coming to a restaurant near you

By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Between January and May, 32 restaurants in Champaign-Urbana failed health inspections. Diners still had no easy way of knowing if…

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Read more about the article Sewage backups, lack of hand-washing among reasons for eight restaurants to fail April inspectionsClaire Everett
Evo Internet Café, 711 S. Sixth Street, on Monday, June 9.

Sewage backups, lack of hand-washing among reasons for eight restaurants to fail April inspections

By Claire Everett/CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Raw sewage backup prompted health inspectors to temporarily shut down two area restaurants in April. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District inspectors…

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Read more about the article Obtaining Organic, Fresh Food on a Budget
Peppers are a good thing to buy organic, because they do not have peels. Here you can see red peppers at Strawberry Fields.

Obtaining Organic, Fresh Food on a Budget

By Joanna Nowak, Natalie Leoni, Carissa Townsend, Gino DiVittorio/ For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- University of Illinois research shows that “one in 12 seniors do not have access to…

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Read more about the article Safe at Home Part 1: Illinois’s home birth crisisPhoto provided by Emily Fetterer and Kimberlie Kranich
Emily Fetterer and Kimberlie Kranich hold their new daughter, Azmi Ann.

Safe at Home Part 1: Illinois’s home birth crisis

By Christine Herman/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Home births have increased by more than 50 percent since 2004. But in 22 states, certified professional midwives have to…

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