GIFFORD -- Our Town hosts a watermelon eating contest.
Update: 10:22 pm HOMER -- It's a competition unlike any other.
URBANA -- Some grade schoolers are the "Smartest and Most Original" in the area.
CHAMPAIGN -- If you are an aspiring songwriter who just so happens to love Champaign, you could win $500.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It was a day of creative building and fun for kids.
CHAMPAIGN -- If support is your thing, whether it's a bra or to help a good cause, an area salon is urging you to act fast.
Update: 10:23 pm CHAMPAIGN -- Police and firefighters put their skills to the test at the dinner table.
SPRINGFIELD -- There was a lot of hootin' and hollerin' at the State Fair.
CHAMPAIGN -- It was perfect day for some tasty competition.
CHAMPAIGN -- Kids were letting their creative juices flow on the streets downtown.
CHAMPAIGN -- A movie was filmed in town Friday.
CHAMPAIGN -- The UI has chosen its 2013 football "loyal-tee" shirt slogan.
CHAMPAIGN -- One woman will take the stage for a nationwide fitness competition next month.
CHAMPAIGN -- Do you think you have what it takes to be the face of the X?
URBANA -- Carle Foundation is celebrating a win in the fight against breast cancer.
URBANA -- Hospital workers are breaking out their dancing shoes to raise awareness about breast cancer.
MT. ZION -- One woman's positive attitude earned her a big payout.
DECATUR -- The city's Area Arts Council invites amateur and professional photographers to take part in its Pet Pics Photography Contest.
URBANA -- Showing off Illini Spirit paid off for one hotel. The Holiday Inn was last week's winner in the Illinois Business Window Decorating Contest. It hired an artist to paint "larger than life" football players on the windows. The business, Prime Advertising, was honored at Saturday's game. Starting in November, fans will vote for their fafvorite window decoration. The winner gets a visit from Coach Beckman.
ARCOLA -- Rain made for a soggy Broomcorn Festival.
CHICAGO -- Five UI students are gearing up for the flight of their lives.
ARCOLA -- One company wants to switch up how people see a common household item.
DANVILLE -- North Street Sweet Repeats is partnering with Lowe's for an "Ugliest Room Contest."
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- You have a chance to show off your Illini pride by painting the state orange.
CHATHAM -- Our Town is serving up some of the sweet stuff!
CHAMPAIGN -- As if getting married isn't fun enough... how about basically tying the knot for free?
DECATUR-- You have a chance to beautify your business and get a variety of prizes in the process! It's part of the "Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful" small business contest.
HOMER -- One Kid to Know turned her love of designing into a state championship.
UI-- The University of Illinois has a chance to host the filming of a commercial for ESPN. And your votes can make it happen.
SAVOY -- Some students put a complicated spin on a simple task.
SPRINGFIELD-- Students from all over the state visited the Capital City to share why it's important to stand up for those who can't.
RANTOUL -- Many of us know about the TV show, "Survivor."
ARCOLA -- Some students are putting their brainpower to the test.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students at an area school are celebrating a big win today.
U OF I-- The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the winner of the 2012 football season "Loyal-Tee" Shirt Slogan Contest.
DECATUR -- A Central Illinois animal shelter is competing for a national title, and it needs your help.
URBANA-- Illini fans have a chance to show their "Loyal-Tee". The school's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is holding a contest for fans to help design a t-shirt for the 2012 Illinois football season.
CHAMPAIGN-- Students at Centennial High School are close to winning $20,000. The high school's music survey class entered "The Future is Now Video Contest" through Verizon Wireless.
Some students in Champaign are being rewarded for their artwork.
Next Generation school is hosting a science fair today.
Looking to catch a bus? Now, there's several apps for that.
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Today is your last chance to help an area high school win $20,000!
You have a chance of winning one of 100 weather radios the state is giving away!
Urbana High School's Math Team won second place overall at the ICTM (Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Regional Contest.
Update: 5:00 pm
A Central Illinois teacher's giving spirit was honored with a $25,000 prize.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA-- Today is the last day to enter C-U Mass Transit District's App Challenge. MTD is looking for an app that will help riders get where they're going more easily.
Team USA National Sword Fighters prepares to strike out in the Battle of Nations in Poland.
The 2nd Annual Rain Barrel Contest is being sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
An exhibit of nearly 500 entries submitted by local amateur photographers goes on display this weekend.
Area students excelled in their divisions at a regional competition for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.