Champaign-Urbana Restaurant Inspection Data, an interactive map allows the community to see how their favorite restaurant or eatery scored on health inspections by using a color-coded scale that indicate failing, passing, above passing and excellent.
How did you us the data set(s) in your Submission?
The data is part of a regular Freedom of Information Act request that we file each month. We scrape the individual reports to compile scores for each restaurant inspected between September 2011 to date. This feeds our submission.
What problem/challenge is your Submission helping to solve, and how?
It is common for restaurants across the country to be required to publicize health inspection reports by posting a placard with a score or letter grade. Restaurants within The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are not. Our submission makes public the information that diners need to make better informed decisions quickly and easily. Up until now, diners had no idea how their favorite restaurant ranked on health inspections unless they directly filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
What community members will your Submission help serve, and how will they be impacted?
Everyone who eats out or buys food at a grocery store, gas station or school is served by our submission. This allows them to not only see the restaurants that failed inspections but to see the scores of every inspected eatery.
How do you envision city and/or state government utilizing your Submission to make a positive impact on the Pilot Community of State of Illinois?
An earlier version of this submission, which shows only the restaurants that fail health inspections, prompted health officials to post a list each month of restaurants that are inspected and the status of each inspection.
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