WILL Community

Karess, Sam and volunteer on Election Day.

Come to our Community Cinema screening: The New Black

7 pm Tuesday, June 3: A look at how the African American community grapples with the issue of gay rights.

George Willhite

Book Mentor Profile: George Willhite

Geroge tells us why he love volunteering to read and do activities with pre-schoolers.

Stratton students learning to operate video cameras.

Helping Stratton Students Produce Newscasts

Illinois Public Media is helping make school's Microsociety work.

Participants at a screening and discussion of the film 'Half the Sky'

Community Cinema

Come to our monthly screenings and discussions of related community issues. Read more.

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Community Projects

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Community Cinema

Illinois Public Media has joined with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to bring you Community Cinema, a series of screenings of independent documentaries shown at the Spurlock Museum. Each hour-long film is viewed and then discussed with the audience and a community panel of people with knowledge of the topic locally. These screenings are free and open to the public. 


young media producers on the set at WILL-TV

Illinois Youth Media

Illinois Youth Media is the umbrella name for youth media projects generated and supported by Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois.


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Health & Wellness Initiatives

Programs, stories, events and community resources for people and organizations committed to reducing obesity in east central Illinois. For stories on health and wellness topics relating to Central Illinois, please click on the individual links below.


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Community Productions

The Changing Military

When 12- and 13-year-old University Laboratory High School students interviewed veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, the students’ age and inexperience may have enabled them to get better stories from the people who served.


1994: Covering Our Heritage

"Covering our Heritage: African-American Quilts of Champaign-Urbana" was a 1994 exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum featuring local quilters in 1994.



2012: Beyond The Tie-Dye: Counterculture In Champaign-Urbana, 1965-1975

During the height of protests against the Vietnam War on the University of Illinois campus, students confronted the National Guard, conducted sit-ins to protest recruiting on campus by defense contractors and chemical companies, and met in “hippie” houses in the area where the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is today. Beyond the Tie-Dye: Counterculture in Champaign-Urbana, 1965-1975 is a radio documentary and series by Urbana University Laboratory High School students about that era.


2011: Breaking Down Disability Barriers, The Legacy Of Tim Nugent

How did the U of I help shape the way the nation thinks about disability? A radio documentary by Urbana Uni High students, airing at 10 am Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 am Friday, Nov. 25, on WILL-AM 580, looks at the days when disabled students were new on the U of I campus and at the U of I Beckwith program that allows students with severe disabilities to live on campus.



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Stratton Microsociety Project

A student at Stratton Elementary School presenting a newscast

Illinois Public Media is helping students and teachers at the Stratton Leadership & MicroSociety Magnet School in Champaign create, maintain and staff their 21st Century Digital Media Center. Their Center allows them to run their own video production studio, anchor newscasts, write and videotape stories, edit video and publish content on their website, strattonsociety.org.

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