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Greetings: Week of April 18

This week on, a website and social network devoted to coverage and discussion of social and economic issues within Central Illinois:

Join us this afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.  at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Multipurpose Room 6, 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, for the fourth annual Public Engagement Symposium.

Come see how is building neighborhood news labs around the community through our poster session. Light refreshments will be served. For more information see this


Our friends at HoyChicago visited the area recently. Here's what they found: 

Local protection effort for migrant workers in Champaign County

Fabled politician Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.”

Here in Champaign County, that saying may be adapted to say that the integration of services for migrant workers is local, too.

That was the impression we got, at least, after attending a meeting at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s main conference room Monday afternoon.


More diverse Latino, African communities in Beardstown five years after raid

Five years ago, in the early morning of the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents burst in the Cargill factory in  Beardstown, Illinois.

The agency arrested more than 60 undocumented immigrants who worked for a cleaning company hired by Cargill.  Many of these people were ultimately deported, a decision that left close to 50 children without their parents and fractured whatever semblance of security the town’s small but growing Latino community had established in the previous decade.

We returned to Beardstown exactly five years after the raid.

What we saw surprised us.


Have you seen?

From Illinois Public Media: 

Champaign County schools adopt antiy-obesity initiative

Several schools in Champaign County have adopted a nationwide anti-obesity initiative known as the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH).

Carrie Busey Elementary in Campaign began the CATCH initiative in 2009. CATCH schools get state money from the Illinois Department of Human Services over a three year period. That support, which gradually decreases over the three years, is used to revamp lunch menus, add new gym equipment, or expand nutrition education in the classroom.

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