Read more about the article Gov’t Watch: Despite studies and proposals, county jails see little improvementsDarrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette
One of the pods. Photos at the Champaign County satellite jail jail in east Urbana on Monday, March 11, 2013. File photo.

Gov’t Watch: Despite studies and proposals, county jails see little improvements

After more than 10 years of debate and studies of the defects of the downtown Champaign County jail, county officials still have no clear plan to replace it.

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Read more about the article On Air: Meth use on the rise again in IllinoisDarrell Hoemann
Example's of lab components provided by Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies during a discussion about the area's growing problems with methamphetamine, Sept.30, 2013.

On Air: Meth use on the rise again in Illinois

Illinois registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country last year. Listen to the original radio story and watch the television broadcasts aired on Illinois Public Media.

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Read more about the article A tale of one meth labEast Central Illinois Task Force in Mattoon, Ill.
Parts for cooking methamphetamine sit inventoried on the floor. Such parts are typical of the makeshift laboratories police are finding across the state.

A tale of one meth lab

Beginning in June 2012, drug task force agents tracked 78 occasions when people who had recently purchased pseudoephedrine arrived at Tena Logan's residence in Loxa, Ill., according to a written statement by FBI task force officer Scott Standerfer, in the case against Logan.

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Read more about the article Meth use on the rise again in IllinoisProvided by Michael Pasley
Michael Pasley cooking meth at unknown date and location.

Meth use on the rise again in Illinois

This past summer, Tena Logan of Loxa, Ill., was convicted of conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing it with intent to distribute. Earlier this year, Michael Pasley of Mattoon, Ill., was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections after serving more than two years for manufacturing meth.

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Read more about the article Two decades of meth useDarrell Hoemann
Recovering meth addict Michael Pasley talks about his journey near his workplace in Charleston, Ill., Sept. 11, 2013.

Two decades of meth use

Michael Pasley first used meth in his early teens. Two decades later, his use came to a quick end when he was arrested April 5, 2010, in Mattoon, Ill. The arrest came after he spent 22 straight days high on meth.

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Read more about the article Poor conditions in county jails persist as state inspections go unenforcedDarrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess.org
A common area for inmates to gather during the day at the Champaign County jail in Downtown Urbana.

Poor conditions in county jails persist as state inspections go unenforced

Trash litters the floors of the Edgar County jail, unknown liquid leaks from the ceilings, and broken locks make it impossible to secure internal doors. The Sangamon County Jail is consistently overcrowded, making living quarters unfit for inmates.

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