Johnathan Hettinger

Johnathan Hettinger

Restaurant inspections: 19 failed or shut down from October to March

Live cockroaches crawling from the blade of a vegetable slicer.

Unlabeled chemicals stored next to drink lids.

Employees not washing their hands between cleaning dishes and preparing food.

Flies infesting a restaurant's meat and sushi departments.

Health code violations in third quarter of 2017

A store selling meat that wasn't inspected by the USDA.

Molded fruit about to be served in a bar.

A sewage back-up into a restaurant.

These were among the worst violations that led to restaurants failing inspections in Champaign County over the past four months.

UPDATE: After health code violations, UI frat passes reinspection

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 30:

The local Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter has passed its reinspection, with an adjusted score of 99 (out of 100) and no critical violations.

CU Citizen Access: Restaurant-inspection failures hit lowest level in 10 years

Gnats in the dining room and rodent droppings on top of cans of food.

A fish freshly caught out of Clinton Lake being stored in a refrigerator.

Soy and barbecue sauce sitting out for hours until the bottles reached 71 degrees, 30 degrees above what it should be.

Employees storing drinks without lids over food-preparation areas.

UPDATED: 'Tough decision' for Housing Authority director to leave Champaign County

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Ed Bland, the executive director of the Housing Authority of Champaign County since 2003, has been hired for the same position in Portsmouth, Va.

Bland said Tuesday he will start his new job during the last week of July. The housing authority plans a nationwide search for his replacement, he said.

Time crunch for Cronus Chemicals

By JOHNATHAN HETTINGER

CU Citizen Access: 20 restaurants failed inspections at end of 2016

From Campustown bars to Italian eateries, 20 restaurants were closed or failed for serious health-code violations during the last part of 2016.

Papers: Champaign officials met with residents about problem officer in 2012

By JOHNATHAN HETTINGER
CU-CitizenAccess

CHAMPAIGN — Top city officials had met with concerned citizens about the conduct of former police Officer Matt Rush as far back as 2012 — well before four incidents that led to excessive-force lawsuits, new documents filed in court Wednesday reveal.

Texts few, far between at Illini games

FOR THE RECORD: A series using documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act to dig deeper into the news and analyze issues

CHAMPAIGN — As the Memorial Stadium crowd was enjoying a rare Illini win over Nebraska last fall, one fan was having a little too much fun.

Champaign council hopes Carle plan's OK jump-starts development

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign officials are expecting the Carle at the Fields development, approved and annexed into the city by the council on Tuesday night, to help jump-start development at the Curtis Road-Interstate 57 interchange.