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County board member expects code changes

Champaign County Board member Stan James of Rantoul said the Cherry Orchard apartment complex case has caught the eye of several county board members, and he thinks action will be taken to assist rural renters.

"State laws changed after the first of the year, so we're going to review them and try to make (the county code) stronger," James said.


Agency officials seek alternatives for tenants of apartment complex

Hermalinda Cruz moved out of her apartment Thursday afternoon.

That's not a newsworthy event under most circumstances. But for Cruz, it took a bit of courage and came with a sense of relief as she exited unsafe and unsanitary surroundings.


Landlords scheduled to go to trial in January

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/CU-Citizen Access

A bench trial has been scheduled for Jan. 24 for a Champaign father-son landlord team who have not yet complied with an agreement they made with the Champaign County Public Health Department to vacate five buildings in an apartment complex in rural Champaign County.


County zoning board to discuss Wilber Heights proposal

The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals is set to discuss proposed changes early next year that would give Wilber Heights residents more freedom to improve their homes.


Landlords have deadline to vacate apartments in health complaint

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/CU-Citizen Access

A Champaign father-son landlord team has until Dec. 20 to vacate five apartment buildings at the Cherry Orchard apartment complex south of Rantoul under an agreement with the Champaign County Public Health Department.


Daily Bread busier than ever -- and there's talk of expansion

CHAMPAIGN – About 30 people lined up for opening day at the new Daily Bread Soup Kitchen a year ago, then strictly a sandwiches-and-chips operation.


Groups take aim at disparities facing African-Americans

URBANA – A little less than a quarter of Champaign County children – about 22 percent – are African-American. Yet that ethnic group accounts for 63 percent of out-of-school suspensions in Urbana, 60 percent of child-welfare cases, 81 percent of discipline referrals in Champaign schools, and 82 percent of admissions to the county's juvenile detention center.


Grants to expand dental services for low-income families

CHAMPAIGN – Plans to expand dental services for local low-income families are moving ahead with the help of grant money from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.

Two Champaign County programs, SmileHealthy and Frances Nelson Health Center, will receive two of the 12 grants being awarded this year.


University of Illinois students get hands-on lesson on poverty from United Way

URBANA – Nearly 1.7 million Illinoisans, or 13.3 percent of the state's population, live in poverty.

In Champaign County, the number is far higher: 21.3 percent. Next door, in Vermilion County, nearly a quarter of the residents are considered poor, living on $24,000 or less for a family of four.


SNAP basics

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP – benefits are provided through an electronic card system, much like a debit card.

They can be used to buy most food or food products, including fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets across Illinois.

Other foods that SNAP benefits can buy include:


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