UPDATE: 6:47 PM URBANA -- Body cameras, guns and tasers: those are some of the things on the minds of officers this year. Police in central Illinois say they've learned a lot from this year and are happy to move forward.
VERMILION COUNTY -- When Chance Kistler missed a day of school, his friends and teachers knew something was wrong.
As an advocate for diversity, Imani Bazzell is a community educator who helps with racial and gender justice. She's also the founder of SisterNet, a network for African-American women.
Latest: 6:14 pm, 10/16/14, Thursday MOWEAQUA -- Community members are coming together to help a family in need.
The number of grandparents raising grandkids is on the rise in the country and Central Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds gathered Friday for the Illinois National Service Recognition Day.
LINCOLN -- Another home for the developmentally disabled could soon close.
Kathy Sweedler from the U of I Extension joins us to give us some tips on finding and using community resources throughout different stages of our lives. She'll also talk about the advantages of 2-1-1 to help point you in the right direction.
WATSON -- Her neighbors and friends are building a park in her honor. But they still need help getting to their $40,000 fundraising goal.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A lot of meals were made at UI thanks to help from people in the area.
CISCO -- A Piatt County family spent years trying to find out why Kayden Wilhelm wasn't feeling well. The diagnosis was just the first step. Now people in the community are trying to help her feel normal again.
GIBSON CITY -- They're Taking Action in hopes of finding a cure for a rare disease.
Latest: 6:08 pm, 3/6/14, Thursday CHAMPAIGN -- A family has reached out to dozens of others with kids undergoing surgery.
GEORGETOWN -- People surprised one of their own Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new website will soon help residents get better connected.
CHAMPAIGN -- A neighborhood group wants others to join them.
Update: 10:25 pm, 1/15/14, Wednesday PAXTON -- Some medical bills for a teen battling cancer will be paid in full thanks to support from her community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A new class at UI is mixing studies with service.
CHAMPAIGN -- Police are fighting back against aggressive panhandling.
CHAMPAIGN -- A health clinic can now provide more and better services.
ROSSVILLE -- The village has seen its fair share of economic trouble. Now, leaders are trying to do something new to bring people back to town.
PHILO -- A community is heartbroken after an accident claims the life of a former Unity High School student.
MONMOUTH -- A community came together to help an ailing farmer with his corn harvest.
URBANA -- The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to prevent child abuse and neglect.
URBANA -- A Central Illinois hospital branch spent almost $25 million to benefit its community last year.
LOVINGTON -- The community came out Saturday to make a young teen's fight a little easier.
URBANA -- People are spreading positivity throughout the community.
CHAMPAIGN -- For one couple, the past few days have been a dream come true.
DECATUR -- The police department says its hard work is paying off and has the numbers to prove it.
TUSCOLA -- Slick roads and white-out conditions were just a few problems drivers had to deal with Sunday night.
FITHIAN -- A family whose home was destroyed in a fire last week now has somewhere new to live.
DECATUR -- The community is coming together to stop the violence.
CHAMPAIGN -- Police are reaching out to people in the community as part of a new campaign. Officers played dodge ball with some kids in a PSA released this week.
UPDATE: Monday, January 14, 5:34 PM
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- More people are following police on Twitter after WCIA's story on Sunday night. Urbana Police got about 40 new followers and Champaign Police also got several more.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Jacksonville Developmental Center is now empty.
CHAMPAIGN -- With Thanksgiving weekend behind us, many are looking forward to Christmas.
URBANA -- Kids are getting quizzed on a very important subject.
CHARLESTON -- Hundreds gathered to make music as part of the Homebrew Ukulele Union's workshop and sing-along.
URBANA -- People are using an organic way to help the community grow.
DECATUR -- Volunteers around Macon County pitched in to spruce up the area.
COLES COUNTY -- Honoring fallen soldiers is the reason hundreds were up at 6 am.
CHARLESTON -- A movie inspired one woman to give back to her community.
CHAMPAIGN -- The police department is doing its part to reduce crime.
TAYLORVILLE -- The city deals with a lot of common problems, including hunger.
CHICAGO- A pastor of a Chicago church sits on a motel rooftop for 94 days in order to raise the money to buy it, and build a community center. Thanks to the community and a celebrity's good deed, he finally reached his goal.
Local artists have a chance to create history.
People in Ludlow say it's the end of an era.
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