Read more about the article Aaron Ammons, a Leader in Social Justice AdvocacyCourtesy Illinois Public Media
After overcoming a drug-ridden past, a felony conviction, and several stints in jail, Aaron Ammons has become a main voice in opposing the proposal for the potential expansion to the Champaign County satellite jail.

Aaron Ammons, a Leader in Social Justice Advocacy

By Amy Harwath / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Some people who are in a dire financial situation may feel that they have no choice but…

Continue ReadingAaron Ammons, a Leader in Social Justice Advocacy
Read more about the article Local data just a click away as CU Wiki’s popularity growsRound barn photo courtesy of Kalev Leetaru​
The homepage of the Champaign-Urbana Wiki, a community-based resource that anyone can add to, edit, and share.

Local data just a click away as CU Wiki’s popularity grows

  Technology and data in Champaign-Urbana have received a big boost lately. The locally-launched CU Wiki (http://home/citizenaccess/public_html.cuwiki.net/) now nears 120 users (as of Dec.…

Continue ReadingLocal data just a click away as CU Wiki’s popularity grows
Read more about the article Successful business strategies revealedInfusionsoft - www.infusionsoft.com/Flickr Creative Commons
Business Development Working on Deals from Infusionsoft. Success partly depends on how small businesses adapt to the changing environment and embrace new technology.

Successful business strategies revealed

By Britney Clapp / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Since 2008, the U.S. economy has taken a downfall, and many businesses have been forced to close.…

Continue ReadingSuccessful business strategies revealed
Read more about the article Champaign takes step toward sustainable cityAlice Welch/USDAgov
A tractor tills the soil among wind turbines in Oklahoma on August 13, 2009. The California Ridge Wind Farm is currently being built in both Champaign and Vermilion Counties and will add to the reduction of carbon dioxide in Illinois. It is part of the city of Champaign's sustainability effort.

Champaign takes step toward sustainable city

By Maisie Sackett / For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The city of Champaign has set a goal to be “a model for environmental sustainability.” But it…

Continue ReadingChampaign takes step toward sustainable city
Read more about the article Housing authority chair brings insight to new roleFile photo
Margaret Neil sits inside the Joann Dorsey community center during a youth event in 2011. Neil ran an after school program there until the public housing complex was closed last year for redevelopment.

Housing authority chair brings insight to new role

By Robert Holly/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Think positive, stay focused and take one day at a time. As a girl, those are the words Margaret…

Continue ReadingHousing authority chair brings insight to new role
Read more about the article Fundraising for arts not always a pretty pictureNicha Poolpol/Flickr Creative Commons
Viola from Nicha Poolpol. Nonprofits face challenges generating donations during tough economic times, but marketing the importance of the arts is ongoing struggle.

Fundraising for arts not always a pretty picture

By Andrea Baumgartner/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- Champaign and Urbana nonprofits in arts education took a hard hit to funding in 2007 as the great recession…

Continue ReadingFundraising for arts not always a pretty picture
Read more about the article Housing authority to discuss preference planSteven McRae
Jamonte Williams, 11, practices basketball in front of his home at 105 E. Roper St. Jamonte is ranked 11th in his state Amateur Athletic Union basketball age bracket and according to his mother, Sheena Williams, is also an A student. Dozens of residents in the Bristol Place neighborhood could be relocated from the area as part of a redevelopment plan from Champaign city officials.

Housing authority to discuss preference plan

By Robert Holly/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- For more than a month, community members have waited for the Housing Authority of Champaign County’s board of commissioners…

Continue ReadingHousing authority to discuss preference plan
Read more about the article Pulitzer-prize journalist talks immigration, life as undocumented residentSean Hermann/For CU-CitizenAccess
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on immigration Thursday night, Oct. 25, 2012, at the University YMCA. Vargas publicly announced he was undocumented in an essay he wrote for The New York Times in June 2011.

Pulitzer-prize journalist talks immigration, life as undocumented resident

By Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess - For journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a driver’s license meant working for the Washington Post - a job he really…

Continue ReadingPulitzer-prize journalist talks immigration, life as undocumented resident