The 43rd annual Easterseals telethon set a new record for the amount of money raised. The two-day event wrapped up with a live two-hour broadcast from the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. 

The program, hosted by WMBD anchors, featured interviews with Easterseals Central Illinois families and check presentations for those who have raised money for the cause through various community events. 

The record total raised was $3,007,042. The celebration wrapped up with that announcement during the 10pm news on WMBD.