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13 businesses fail health inspections

EDITOR'S NOTE: CU-CitizenAccess 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. Knight Foundation.

Vet-assistance group’s funds flying out door

By KEENAN CHEN and CLAIRE EVERETT/CU-CitizenAccess.org

Unable to pay her rent after losing her job, Air Force veteran Anna Robinson turned to the Veterans Assistance Commission in Champaign County last year. She brought her bill to the commission's office and got $744 in financial assistance that same day.

Vacation carryovers cost county

Editor's note: CU-CitizenAccess 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.

2 restaurants briefly closed under new program

Editor's note: The original version of this story included the name of the person listed on Public Health records as the owner/operator of Firehaus. But .that person had left the position in May 2012, the restaurant said. The name has been removed from this story.

Most failing restaurants get immediate second chance

Editor's note: CU-CitizenAccess 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.

No clear plan for downtown jail

By KLAUDIA DUKALA/CU-CitizenAccess

CHAMPAIGN — After more than 10 years of debate and studies of the defects of the downtown Champaign County jail, county officials still have no clear plan to replace it.

UI researcher using skill, will to prevent farm accidents like his

By Robert Holly

CU-CitizenAccess.org

Robert "Chip" Petrea was trying to feed damp yellow hay into a red baler on a wet Sunday afternoon in 1978, but the machine refused to pick it up.

Six restaurants fail inspections

By Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess.org

Six local restaurants recently failed health inspections and one of them is now at risk for losing its food-service permit if it fails again.

Cravings, 603 Wright St., C, was closed in December after failing its seventh health inspection with an adjusted score of -3 and 10 critical violations.

11 restaurants fail inspections in October

By Pamela G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess.org

Eleven restaurants failed health inspections in October, with critical violations ranging from employees not washing hands to potentially hazardous foods out-of-safe temperature ranges.

One restaurant, Smoky's House BBQ, was closed down after it failed a reinspection.

Privately-owned housing also subject to inspection

By JANELLE O’DEA and ROBERT HOLLY/CU-CitizenAccess.org

In addition to fraternities and sororities, inspectors visit 15 privately-owned residences that fall under the certified housing rules, such as Bromley Hall, Illini Tower and Newman Hall.