image of chicken parts
Photo illustration by Darrell Hoemann
February 06, 2015

USDA Targets Salmonella In Chicken Wings And Other Poultry Parts

Chicken wings and ground turkey may become safer if the U.S. Department of Agriculture passes new standards to limit the presence of salmonella. According to government reports, poultry products cause more food-borne illness deaths than any other commodity.


Farmer Jenny Mennenga holds soybean seeds at her family farm near LeRoy, Ill., on Jan. 26, 2015.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
February 05, 2015

Monsanto Inches Closer To Biggest Biotech Launch In Company’s History

To counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops. But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.


October 10, 2014

2nd Annual Oktoberfest In Champaign Saturday

If you’re around downtown Champaign Saturday, be prepared to see some lederhosen wearers at the second annual Oktoberfest, in front of the Orpheum Theatre.


Restaurant complaint form
(Darrell Hoemann/CU Citizen Access.org)
October 10, 2014

Restaurant Complaints Mounting In Champaign County

Clumps of hair at the bottom of coffee cups and green slime leaking out of meat sandwiches were among the more extreme examples of complaints filed by customers and restaurant employees against food establishments this year.


Jimmy John's location in Urbana
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
September 24, 2014

Jimmy John’s Hit By Data Breach

Champaign-based sandwich chain Jimmy John’s says more than 200 of its locations have been hit by a possible breach of credit and debit cards.


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