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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.
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.
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.
By Robert Holly
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.