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  Congressman Darin LaHood did a quiet military medal presentation in his Peoria office Monday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois.

The University of Illinois is leading a $25 million initiative to develop an "internet of battlefield things."

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the Illinois politicians criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military.

This Weekend: Ceremonies Honor Soldiers for Memorial Day

May 25, 2017
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Several communities in the Peoria area are commemorating veterans this weekend, in honor of Memorial Day.

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The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province.  The military says the fatal incident is under investigation.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The first woman to be promoted to brigadier general in the Illinois National Guard is retiring. 

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The Navy Seal killed during the January 28th raid on al-Qaida in Yemen was 36-year-old chief petty officer, William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria. That’s according to the Defense Department. Owens died of wounds sustained in the Saturday raid. He was a 1998 graduate of Illinois Valley Central. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says our nation owes Owens and his family deepest and heartfelt gratitude.


Memorial Day Remembrances Planned in Peoria Area

May 27, 2016
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As of this week, the Defense Department reports 4,424 US soldiers have died in the war in Iraq. 2,349 soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001.  

Several events are are going on in the Peoria area for Memorial Day to honor fallen American soldiers.

Saturday, May 28, 2016:

10:30 The American Mausoleum in Peoria is hosting a service.

11:00 East Peoria’s observance is at the Fondulac Cemetery off of  Washington Road.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016:

Legislation pending in the General Assembly would give middle and high school trumpet players excused absences if they need to miss class to play Taps at a military funeral. The bill was inspired by Jack Bumann, a senior at Alwood High School in Woodhull, Illinois, just north of Galesburg. He estimates that he has played at the funerals of about two dozen fallen soldiers.

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is among the most militarized schools in the nation. That’s according to a report published yesterday by VICE News.  

182nd Airlift Wing Unveils New Training Simulator

Oct 5, 2015

A new simulator at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria aims to better prepare soldiers for battle.  The technology also saves money:

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has met with officials in Ukraine to offer his support in their fight against pro-Russian rebels.

A student at Peoria Christian High School was accepted by two national Military Academies.  Faith Kim says she’s being sought by West Point and the Air Force Academy:

New law aims to help military family children

Jun 30, 2014

Children in military families should have an easier time changing schools when their parents transferring in and of out of Illinois. IPR’s Hannah Meisel reports on a law Governor Pat Quinn signed over the weekend.

Last summer, Tom White retired from the U.S. Army and accepted a post teaching military law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. But instead of moving his family near his work in Illinois, White opted to live in Valparaiso, Indiana, and commute at least an hour each day.

Memorial Day Ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront

May 26, 2014
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Veterans and military families gathered at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Each branch of the military was recognized during a medley played by The Peoria Municipal Band. A traditional part of the ceremony is having veterans of each branch stand during their song. Gold star mothers, and families are also recognized.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military. And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.

Challenges for military families moving into IL

Mar 3, 2014

Moving to a new state is never easy, especially when you’re a school-aged kid. But for military families who move more frequently than most, laws in Illinois create a unique challenge — and, in some cases, a barrier to entry. Illinois Public Radio’s Hannah Meisel reports

UIS to offer classes for veterans

Apr 1, 2013

Veterans and active members of the armed forces will have classes just for them at the University of Illinois Springfield. Students will discuss their time in the military and must also complete an in-depth writing assignment about a life-changing experience. Kevin Beeson, a visiting instructor at UIS, teaches other experiential learning courses. He says he's watched as other students bond over shared life experiences. Beeson says he created the class after interviewing students with military backgrounds and noticing the bond they share.