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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.

Violations frequent at UI fraternities, sororities; repairs often delayed

By JANELLE O’DEA and ROBERT HOLLY/CU-CitizenAccess.org
 
City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign each year, yet it can take months before some violations are corrected, inspection documents show.
 
Almost all of the 60 fraterniti

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.

'I lost my daughter ... I lost my wife.'

By THOMAS THOREN/CU-Citizen Access

Recovering addict says manufacturing, distributing meth gave him a sense of power over the people he supplied

Michael Pasley first used meth in his early teens.

Two decades later, his use came to a quick end when he was arrested April 5, 2010, in Mattoon. The arrest came after he spent 22 straight days high on meth.