Residents of In-Town, a part of Champaign that prides itself on its vibrant diversity,
rallied together against possible zoning developments last fall.
nearly two years of meetings and advocacy, the residents, specifically the
members of both the Old Town and Washington St. Neighborhood Associations,
successfully negotiated a set of conditions with the City Council that new
developers must abide by when building in the In-Town District of Champaign.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will have a public hearing on a proposal by Dynegy Midwest Generation, LLC to stabilize the Middle Fork River at the retired Vermilion Power Station near Oakwood. The hearing will be Tuesday, March 26, at Danville Area Community College. The state has also opened up public comment on the proposal until April 25. Dynegy has applied for a permit to construct a 1,900-foot long wall of rock on the river. Construction would require excavation of the river bottom up to seven feet deep, and replacing river sediments with 20,240 cubic yards of rock materials.
Due to a tight budget, Champaign County Veterans Assistance Commission has had to turn away 138 veterans so far this year requesting financial help.
Last year they turned away 151 veterans.
The organization receives funding from Champaign County. They provide temporary financial assistance to veterans, including helping with mortgage or rent payments, utility payments, and food and family essentials.
As of this fall, they’ve spent about $69,750 of the budget, Superintendent Brad Gould said.
There are over 9,000 veterans in Champaign County , according to the latest figure from U.S. Census Bureau.
The low budget has been a problem for several years. In 2014, the commission had to turn away 177 veterans.
According to the commission annual report, 52 percent of the budget goes towards helping veterans with their rent, 6 percent towards helping with mortgage and 42 percent goes towards helping with utilities.
Amid allegations of sexual misconduct on campus, The Daily Illini has filed six requests for documents relating to sexual misconduct claims. All six requests have been denied, even when they were only for an aggregate number of complaints.
Like Peoria and Champaign before it, Springfield is the latest IL city to adopt a national model for a community-wide approach to reducing gun violence. Brian Mackey explains what it looks like, and whether it’s shown success elsewhere.
In one neighborhood in Peoria, two families touched by violence are making difficult decisions for themselves and their communities. Cass Herrington reports on their ongoing efforts to reclaim their neighborhood.
The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. As Madelyn Beck reports, these problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.
Children are among the most traumatized by gun violence in the community, and that trauma can affect their mental and physical health, behavior and academic performance. Lee Gaines looks at what schools and community groups are doing to help.