Cheryl Van Ness

Urbana, IL

Cunningham Children’s Home’s history goes back more than 100 years. Cheryl Van Ness’ own role in it spans several decades. Read More…

Sheri Burns

Fairmount, IL

“There’s just no reason to ever stop learning and trying new things. And if you’re not good at it, so what? Just keep trying.” Read More…

Crystal Buckler

Kansas, IL

Buckler is the head coach for the Tri-County Girls Volleyball Team. Students say she serves lessons on and off the court. Read More…

Susan Close

Champaign, IL

On Susan Close’s biker vest a patch reads: Don’t let your silence drown out their cries. It’s a motto she holds close to her heart.Read More…

WCIA wants to recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

Leading up to International Women’s Day, WCIA will highlight four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

One woman will be named central Illinois’ Woman of the Year and win a trip to New York City to attend The Mel Robbins Show. From the more than 100 local winners, one woman will be selected and named Nexstar Media Group’s Woman of the Year!

Congratulations Crystal Buckler!

and all the remarkable women across the country

Remarkable Women Winners Across the Country