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  • Landlords benefit from loose laws

    Champaign County landlords are reaping more than $20 million in tax exemptions a year by taking advantage of a loosely written state law and an interpretation of that law by the county supervisor of assessments.
  • Restaurant Inspections

    The publicizing of restaurant inspections across the United States is a common practice. But the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Diistrict - until January 2014 - would only release the results of a restaurant inspection if a member of the public submitted a Freedom of Information request. So after a Hepatitis A outbreak from at a local restaurant, CU-CitizenAccess.org decided it was time to make public the results of inspections of restaurants that failed to meet public health standards. For four years, reporters and student reporters at CU-CitizenAccess.org relentessly filed monthly requests for the inspections of failed restaurant, painstakingly downloading data, and wrote story after story - and last year, public health department finally went public with its restaurant inspections.
  • Restaurant Inspections

    The publicizing of restaurant inspections across the United States is a common practice. But the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Diistrict - until January 2014 - would only release the results of a restaurant inspection if a member of the public submitted a Freedom of Information request. So after a Hepatitis A outbreak from at a local restaurant, CU-CitizenAccess.org decided it was time to make public the results of inspections of restaurants that failed to meet public health standards. For four years, reporters and student reporters at CU-CitizenAccess.org relentessly filed monthly requests for the inspections of failed restaurant, painstakingly downloading data, and wrote story after story - and last year, public health department finally went public with its restaurant inspections.
  • CUCitAccess:Bridges

    Despite bridges being deemed structurally deficient or obsolete, it can take years or more to get funding to fix or replace them in Champaign County, according to a review of data and documents.
  • Greek Tragedies

    The University of Illinois has the largest number of Greek chapters in the country, with 4,000 students living in Greek houses. 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 cords, broken sprinklers and faulty emergency lights, according to 2012 inspection records. Other violations were for unapproved cooking equipment such as hotplates, pizza ovens and self-heating skillets.
  • Crunch Time: The relationship between the police departments and black communities in Champaign and Urbana

    This project looked at the relationship between the black communities and police departments in Champaign and Urbana, Illinois. Specifically, we used five years of arrest data to found major disparities in the percentage of black residents in both communities and the number of black people arrested each year from 2007 to 2011. These disparities were event greater for crimes like noise violations and jaywalking. Although Champaign had been the site of high-profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in 2009, the disparities had become even greater in Urbana. After our analysis we went into the community and talked with black residents. They described a charged relationship in which they reported feeling highly scrutinized by, and afraid of, the police. We also found that the police had made some efforts to deal with the situation.
  • Champaign Pest Inspection

    The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District conducts about 1,300 inspections of restaurants and other food-service facilities next year. But, unlike many other health departments in the area and across the U.S., the district does nothing to publicize the results of these inspections.
  • Off the Record: Chicago City Council Committees Evade the law, experts say

    Chicago's 19 City Council committees were found to not have the required number of members in attendance or keep adequate public records, violating the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
  • Twenty Years and Still Paying : Jeanette White Is Long Dead but Her Hospital Bill Lives On; Full Price: A Young Man, An Appendectomy and a $19,000 Bill Ms.Nix Confronts Harsh Facts of Medical Care Economics -- The Uninsured Are Billed More; Medical Seizures: Hospitals Try Extreme Measures to Collect Their Overdue Debts

    The Journal reveals how America's uninsured are asked to pay much more for their health care than anyone else. This series puts the spotlight on a shockingly unfair billing system, revealing how hospitals bill those without coverage the highest rates, then relentlessly pursue these vulnerable patients using strong-arm tactics that includes lawsuits, wage garnishments, bank account seizures and even jail.
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    News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.) reveals how officials at local government agencies use travel expense accounts, including inconsistent accountability and agencies which pay for exotic trips with spouses and Chicago Bulls tickets for staff members, Aug. 22, 1993.