Read more about the article Survey finds Champaign County’s homeless population surged this year; New count coming JanuaryDaily Bread Soup Kitchen
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Survey finds Champaign County’s homeless population surged this year; New count coming January

On any given night, 215 people in Champaign County are homeless according to the Continuum of Services Providers to the Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) count…

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Read more about the article Garden Hills neighborhood improvements in full swingDarrell Hoemann
Garden Hills looking east on Paula Drive from Mattis Avenue on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess

Garden Hills neighborhood improvements in full swing

Neighborhood input “shaped” the design of the ongoing Garden Hills improvement project, of which the latest phase costs an estimated $35 million to install…

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Read more about the article MTD’s next stop: restoring its service level and curbing complaints of overcrowded busesWikipedia
The Illinois Terminal in Champaign, Illinois. The terminal provides Amtrak service, and is host to public bus service (MTD) for Champaign-Urbana.

MTD’s next stop: restoring its service level and curbing complaints of overcrowded buses

Staffing issues have led to the overcrowding of buses on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus — a problem that has been increasing…

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Read more about the article Champaign County still prevents online name searches of property records, differing from most Illinois counties. Now it plans to limit searching mobile home properties.Darrell Hoemann
Brookens Admin Center in Urbana, IL 61801 on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess

Champaign County still prevents online name searches of property records, differing from most Illinois counties. Now it plans to limit searching mobile home properties.

In 2018, Champaign County had the chance to allow the public to search property records on its website by an owner's name when it…

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Read more about the article SafeWalks escorts drastically dropped over the last few years
A student patrol officer vehicle. The student patrol escort University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community members via the SafeWalks program.

SafeWalks escorts drastically dropped over the last few years

SafeWalks, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign program, ensures students and staff can walk back home safely at night, but the number of times…

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Read more about the article Hotels, flights top credit card costs for Champaign Unit 4 School District; Over $850,000 spent on Amazon in past school yearDarrell Hoemann
Kenwood School on Sunday, December 19, 2021. photo by Darrell Hoemann/C-U Citizen Access

Hotels, flights top credit card costs for Champaign Unit 4 School District; Over $850,000 spent on Amazon in past school year

In the past fiscal year, Champaign Unit 4 School District spent over $321,000 on expenses charged to American Express credit cards according to its…

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Read more about the article Police departments in Champaign County combat staff shortages; Some rebounding from resignations fueled by social issues, pandemicDarrell Hoemann
Looking south to the Champaign Police Department Building on First Street. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess

Police departments in Champaign County combat staff shortages; Some rebounding from resignations fueled by social issues, pandemic

The cities of Champaign, Urbana and Mahomet have been dealing with staffing shortages in their police departments since the pandemic, but some departments' vacancies…

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MTD SafeRides ridership halved in past decade; University of Illinois program loses over 25,000 riders

Ridership for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s SafeRides program has declined by nearly half what it was ten years ago.  SafeRides, a university…

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