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Issues with empty houses unabated in C-U area

About this project: CU-CitizenAccess.org operates under the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois and focuses on local investigative reporting, with an emphasis on social, justice and economic issues. The project began with funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation and the UI and a matching grant from the John S. Knight and James L.

Funding used yearly to demolish nuisances

By JELTER MEERS
CU-CitizenAccess

Each year, Champaign spends $20,000 from its Urban Renewal Fund to demolish a few nuisance properties.

David Oliver, the city's code compliance manager, said another $50,000 from the state's Abandoned Property Program funds has been used to demolish five nuisance properties in Champaign in 2016.

Restaurant inspections: April 1-June 30

By PAM G. DEMPSEY
CU-CitizenAccess.org
Sewage wastewater backup, cockroach infestation and houseflies “too numerous to count” were among the violations leading to closures and failures of eateries across the county since April.

Restaurant inspections: Hospital cafeteria shut down

URBANA — Health inspectors shut down the cafeteria at Presence Covenant Medical Center in May after noting a repeated critical violation — sewage wastewater backing up from the floor drain underneath a hand sink into the grill area.

Plant over budget, behind schedule

By TIM MITCHELL/The News-Gazette

and NICOLE ANDERSON COBB and LOIS YOKSOULIAN / CU-CitizenAccess.org

TUSCOLA — In October 2014, state and local officials and Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac donned hard hats in an empty farm field to announce a deal to bring a $1.4 billion nitrogen-fertilizer plant to central Illinois.

Inspectors closed Champaign Country Club facility this month

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Restaurants that were closed temporarily, June 2015 to April 2016

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Violations cited at 39 restaurants over 10 months

Restaurant questions? Ask them here and Tom Kacich will chase down an answer

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Bike stolen on campus? Probably gone for good

By SEAN NEUMANN/CU-CitizenAccess.org

If a student's bike is stolen on the University of Illinois campus, there is little chance it will be recovered.

In fact, of the 95 bikes worth about $27,000 that were reported stolen in 2015, only 16 — about $3,600 worth — were recovered, according to university police.

Landlords' tax break

By CU-CitizenAccess.org

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.