Latest: 6:07 am, 8/19/14, Tuesday DECATUR -- The city council voted to reverse a decision to purchase a new communications system.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's an emergency many don't think about, but first responders are ready for it.
VILLA GROVE -- Bus accidents in the area are making first responders go to great lengths to be prepared.
ILLINOIS -- Senator Chapin Rose (R) wants to increase safety for emergency crews on the highway.
Update: 4:30 pm, 3/13/14, Thursday MACON COUNTY -- A dog is safe at home after two fire departments came to his rescue.
ILLINOIS -- The state is preparing drivers for the worst-case scenario. It's called the "Illinois Yellow Dot Program."
URBANA -- Champaign County's first responders have been coordinating their efforts through the weekend. Some of their workers have been working around the clock for more than 30 hours now.
GIFFORD -- When the storm touched down, firefighters quickly took care of their families, then switched gears to help the community.
PESOTUM -- Central Illinois' first experience with winter had emergency responders busy throughout the night.
MCLEAN COUNTY -- 911 is a service to help people in their most desperate, stressful times.
NORMAL -- Emergency responders from around the state are evaluating their response plans.
ILLINOIS -- The federal government is offering millions of dollars to emergency management agencies throughout the state.
Update: 10:23 pm CHAMPAIGN -- Police and firefighters put their skills to the test at the dinner table.
CATLIN -- Two teens spend their time off helping others.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- First responders want more help when there's a crisis, and you can fill that gap.
HOOPESTON -- While fire crews continue monitoring the site of a a fire at J & R Recycling, community members are stepping up to help.
CHAMPAIGN -- You've seen the construction on campus. More high-rises are coming to town.
DECATUR -- One police officer risked his life to save another.
CHAMPAIGN -- Dozens of first responders from around Central Illinois took serious training Monday.
RANTOUL -- First responders teamed up for hands-on training Thursday.
Update: 3:58 pm
HUDSON -- A firefighter was killed following a crash in McLean County.
DECATUR -- Officials are upgrading the city's 911 dispatch system.
URBANA -- First responders are practicing this week for emergencies that could take them out of the state.
DANVILLE -- When we remember 9/11, we also remember the brave firefighters and first responders who gave their lives while saving others.
SPRINGFIELD -- Police from around the state are hitting the pavement for a good cause.