February 06, 2017

Stranded by the State documentary spotlights impact of Illinois budget crisis

Stranded by the State—a two-part documentary special presented by Illinois Public Media focusing on the long-term toll the Illinois budget crisis has had on everyday people across the state—will begin broadcasting on public television stations February 14, the day before Governor Bruce Rauner’s state budget address.


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PBS The Source
December 27, 2016

WILL-TV to launch free 24/7 multiplatform PBS KIDS service

The new PBS KIDS 24/7 WILL-TV channel and live stream will support Illinois Public Media’s mission to reach all central Illinois children with high-quality educational content. Interactive games integration to follow initial launch.


Barn against a sunset
November 30, 2016

Illinois Public Media premieres a documentary on the history of barns in Illinois

Barns are practical. They store equipment, keep animals safe, and speak to our agricultural impact. And now Illinois Public Media is bringing you the story of these iconic structures that dot our landscape with the new documentary Barns: An Illinois Story, featuring barns in Champaign, Piatt, McDonough, and Peoria counties.

WILL-TV Trailer | Barns: An Illinois Story


Chet Tomczyk
September 03, 2013

Tomczyk Joins Illinois Public Media as General Manager

The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, have announced that Chet Tomczyk will join the team at Illinois Public Media. He will serve as interim general manager starting September 3, 2013. He brings with him over 40 years of media experience, the last 19 at WTVP in Peoria.

Tomczyk will not be leaving his current position of president and CEO at WTVP, but will instead be splitting his time between the two properties as a shared administrator. “This collaboration offers an unprecedented opportunity for two neighboring public broadcasting entities to jointly increase their relevance and value to the many communities they serve. I am excited by the possibilities and honored to be associated with the WILL stations,” Tomczyk said.