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Senate Committee Grills Veterans Affairs Officials On LaSalle Home Outbreak

Nov 24, 2020
Linda speaks

Members of the state Senate Veterans Affairs Committee had pointed questions for officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs about the agency’s response to an outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home that has resulted in at least 27 resident deaths from COVID-19-related complications.

 Jill Henry
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Female soldiers share some of the same battlefields and challenges as their male counterparts but the contributions of women in the military have received faint recognition.

Towanda Elementary
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On this Veterans Day, many Americans are taking time to honor those who have served in the military, including those who gave their lives.

Frances and Jerome Maddox

Sgt. Anthony Maddox lost his life in 2013 after sustaining burns on most of his body in a petroleum incident in Afghanistan.

Vonda Rodgers said a prayer as volunteers pounded nails in syncopation in the parking lot of the VFW as they began the work of constructing the first McLean County Habitat for Humanity Hero Home.

First grade class at Fox Creek Elementary
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Cadets at Illinois State University who aspire to be tomorrow's military leaders are helping to educate tomorrow's leaders in the classroom.

C130 on the tarmac
182nd Airlift Wing

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | Sen. Dick Durbin says he wants to know if an Air National Guard firehouse project in Peoria is among those put at risk by the president’s push for a border wall.

Fighter jets refuel
Cpl. Trever Statz / U.S. Marine Corps via AP

The U.S. military has identified five Marines, including one from Tremont, who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

John H. Kraus grave
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A woman who comes from one of McLean County’s most well-known military families is trying to rally support for a passion project honoring local soldiers killed in World War I.

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Bloomington-Normal is commemorating fallen soldiers and their families in a new way this holiday season.

Woman posed center with wounded soliders
Photo courtesy of Sharon McCauley

A Blue Star mom who has been a major player in State Farm’s Military Affinity Group (MAG) is using the eve of Veterans Day to announce she’s retiring in March from the company and group that has supported her son and so many other soldiers.


The parents of a Bloomington native Army Ranger killed in combat earlier this year have established a memorial fund with a local organization.


A lot of military memorials honor service abroad.  But one being planned in Illinois will recognize those whose battle continued when they came home. 

There has been a dramatic rise in suicides among those who have served, mostly linked to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  A planned memorial in the state would call attention to that problem many don't want to talk about. 

The Forgotten Warrior Memorial could be built next year in Will County if enough  money is raised. Michael Tellerino is behind the effort. 

Fort George Meade Public Affairs Office

On Veterans Day, the nation honors the contributions of soldiers. War though, consumes men and women. It tires them, twists them, and shatters them in ways that make it difficult to re-accustom themselves to the home front.

State Farm Insurance employee Tom Huffington has started a group dedicated to saving the lives of soldiers who are struggling with life after the service. Some may be suicidal.

Tribute Wall Helps Vietnam Veterans Heal

Aug 26, 2016
Two Vietnam Soldiers look at moving wall to find names of friends lost in the war.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Vietnam veterans, vets from other wars, school children and other community members turned out yesterday for the first day of the American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute Memorial Wall which will be up through 2 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington.

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Veterans and their families who have found a home at Illinois State University now have a new affinity group to connect and share a community.  The group is for faculty and staff and is set to debut this fall and is part of the University's diversity initiative.

Member of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and other Illinois congressmen wrote a letter to NGA Director Robert Cardillo this week, urging him to select a 182-acre site in St. Clair County as the location of the agency's new $1.6 billion campus. Cardillo visited with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois' 12th congressional district and others in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Veterans Honored At Illinois State University

Nov 11, 2015
Jim Browne / WGLT

Illinois State University remembers and honors soldiers on this Veterans day. Those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf wars were in the audience listening as mayor of Normal Chris Koos told of his struggle adapting after Vietnam. So what do veterans want? To a person every vet asked said, "Respect."

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is honoring the nation's veterans by offering free admission to members of the military on Veterans Day. The Springfield museum also will display portraits of fallen soldiers from Illinois on a screen in the museum's main plaza. The ``Portrait of a Soldier'' exhibit, which features 287 hand-drawn portraits, will be shown alongside quotes about the military from the nation's 16th president. The portraits will be on display next week from Tuesday through Thursday.