Mary Sutherlin looks at what's left of her home Tuesday, November 19 in Gifford.

(Jeff Bossert/WILL)

Focus - November 20, 2013

Rebuilding After a Tornado

Now that the clean-up has begun and the damage is being assessed in communities stricken by this weekend’s tornadoes, we’ll talk this hour about what it’s like to rebuild.

Michael Sorkin

Focus - November 06, 2013

Architect Michael Sorkin

What will cities look like in 10 years? According to architect Michael Sorkin, they'll look how we want them to...

visitors at Curtis Orchard


Focus - September 25, 2013

Agri-Tourism a Boon for Central Illinois Farms

Have you been to a pick your own apple orchard or tried to solve a corn maze at a local orchard or farm? Why did you go, and would you go back? What did you like or dislike about visiting? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about farms as tourist destinations.

Host David Inge with Lou Henson

Focus - September 10, 2013

David Inge

Illinois Pioneers returned to WILL-TV last week with David Inge as host. This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with David about the show.

This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Inge about his new gig and about his life and career as a public broadcaster. We’ll hear about some of the upcoming interviews he’ll host on WILL-TV, and we’ll talk with him about his days as host of Focus, how he got started as a public broadcaster and what it’s like to talk with some of the most powerful and respected names in Illinois history.

WILL Producer George Hovorka also joins us for the first half of this hour on Focus to tell us more about Illinois Pioneers. 

Morkie puppy

Kelsey Arganbright

Focus - August 02, 2013

Pet Care: Ticks

This summer in Illinois, we’re seeing an increase in the tick population. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with veterinarian Sally Foote about what that means for your pet. We welcome your questions this hour on Focus!

Two men stand in front of the Pepin Syrup Company in the 1920’s.

(Courtesy of Maureen Holtz and the Piatt County Historical and Genealogical Society)

Focus - June 27, 2013

Images of America: Monticello and Remembering Champaign County

Monticello been called “the patent medicine capital of the world,” and is home to the famous Allerton Park. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with author Maureen Holtz about the town’s history…in pictures. Then, we’ll talk with former Mayor Dannel McCollum about his book “Remembering Champaign County.”

A shelf where books have been removed in the architecture section of the Urbana Free Library.

Jim Meadows/WILL

Focus - June 26, 2013

Issues Facing Public Libraries

The weeding of thousands of non-fiction books at the Urbana Free Library has created controversy over transparency in libraries. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about how libraries are curated, what role they play in community and some of the challenges they face due to strained government budgets.

a couple sits in their backyard

Scott Paceley/Special to WILL

Focus - June 18, 2013

Being a Tourist in Your Backyard: Staycations in East Central Illinois

The dog days of summer are here… It would be so nice to get away. Sadly, that’s not always an option. Never fear! This hour on Focus, we talk about things to do in the area that will make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in your own backyard.

a tornado in Roanoke, Illinois, 2004

Wikimedia Commons

Focus - May 31, 2013

Summer Meteorology

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with former WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser about summer storms and tornado preparedness. We welcome your calls and questions!

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