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Life Remembered: Tom Lemke was neighborhood watchdog

CHAMPAIGN — I don't know if Tom Lemke ever considered himself a civic journalist, but I did.

He shied away from writing for publication on our site, CU-CitizenAccess.org, but never hesitated to pick up the phone and report all the happenings of his neighborhood — Wilber Heights — a place he called home for more than 60 years.

Clarence Thomas Lemke, 67, died Sunday.


Nursing home dining facilities pass muster

By Acton Gorton/CU-Citizen Access.org

Some good news for retirees living in Champaign County nursing homes: None of the in-house kitchens and dining facilities have failed health inspections in the past two years.

The best scoring nursing home is Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care Center, located at 1315B Curt Drive, C, with an average score of 93.5 points.


C-UCitizenAccess.org: Are county bridges safe?

Illinois state inspectors say the bridge carrying traffic on Lake of the Woods Road over Interstate 74 in Mahomet is in "critical condition" and "structurally deficient."

But an average of 2,550 vehicles — including school buses — still use the bridge each day, although the bridge has been reduced to a single traffic lane since August 2011.


Danville also asks input on Denvale stop sign

DANVILLE — The city also wants input from residents on a smaller streets project, whether to put a stop sign at the intersection of Denvale Drive and Country Club Drive.


Extradition hearing this week for Bernard Ramos

By PAMELA G. DEMPSEY/C-U Citizen Access

An extradition hearing is scheduled this week for one of the two local landlords who have managed the Cherry Orchard Village housing complex located between Rantoul and Thomasboro.

Bernard Ramos was arrested by District of Columbia police April 10 on two civil contempt warrants issued by Champaign County last year.


Shows on safe, affordable housing air today on WILL

URBANA — Programs airing today (Tuesday, March 27) on WILL-TV and WILL-AM will focus on safe, affordable housing in the area.

According to Illinois Public Media spokeswoman Mary Barrineau, the nation's economic decline has led to many changes in housing stock and neighborhoods in Champaign and Vermilion counties.


Anthony Cobb New Police Chief 2012

Anthony Cobb  is sworn in by Champaign mayor Don Gerard as the new Champaign police chief before the start of the Champaign City Council meeting in Champaign, Ill on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. 


25th annual Food for Families kicks off Saturday at Memorial Stadium

The Food for Families Drive brings in tons of food and more than $100,000 annually for the hungry, but the first attempt at a Champaign-Urbana food drive didn't go so well.


County health board says access needed, but puts off action on restaurant inspections

By DAN PETRELLA/CU-CitizenAccess.org

CHAMPAIGN — Over the past four years, health inspectors failed one out of 10 restaurants, but the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has never informed the public of those failures.


Cherry Orchard Village evictions

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde talks about the eviction process under way at Cherry Orchard Village north of Thomasboro due to sewage problems.

Videographer/Producer: 
Robin Scholz

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