Illinois National Guard

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Members of the Illinois National Guard from units based in Peoria and Bloomington will be activated to help with next week's inauguration in Washington.

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Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says the Bloomington COVID-19 drive-thru test site will move to the Peoria Civic Center this week.

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A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military police soldiers are flying to Puerto Rico to help with security and other efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The state of Illinois has repaired and digitized 57 maps that the Illinois National Guard used during World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

The Illinois National Guard is preparing to help out again with another potentially damaging hurricane.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois National Guard says it's sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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An Illinois family law judge has been certified as the Illinois National Guard's first military judge.  The Illinois Judge's Association says Madison County Judge Sarah D. Smith recently graduated from the 60th Military Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was certified as a military judge by the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - About 30 Illinois Army National Guard members who served in Afghanistan during the past year have returned home during the past few weeks.

The Illinois National Guard says none of its soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses like those reportedly paid to some soldiers in California.

A Chicago federal judge has sentenced an Illinois man to 21 years in prison for plotting to attack a U.S. military facility with his cousin.  Jonas Edmonds of Aurora was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. 

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Prosecutors want a judge to impose a maximum 30-year prison sentence on a former Illinois National Guard soldier, calling his plot to attack a U.S. military facility "a contemptible betrayal of both the Nation's trust and his fellow soldiers.

A government filing Friday in Chicago federal court says 23-year-old Hasan Edmonds deserves the sentence for two counts of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization because "betraying one's country while in its service is a particularly grave crime." 

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Military police from Illinois' National Guard will soon be in Afghanistan; they're expected to do security there for much of this year. 

About thirty members of the Springfield-based 233rd Military Police Company will get additional training in Texas before going overseas. 

 During the deployment ceremony, Congressman Rodney Davis, a Taylorsville Republican,  commended and thanked the guardsmen, like Sergeant Chad Brown for volunteering. 

A new cyber-security squadron will be headquartered with the Illinois National Guard.  The 39-person unit will be based in Springfield with Illinois team members also in Bloomington and Chicago. 

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(AP) - The Illinois National Guard says a group of its aviators and aircraft mechanics will soon head to the U.S. border with Mexico. The National Guard said Monday that more than 20 soldiers from Company B of the 376th Aviation Regiment's 1st Battalion in Decatur are expected to spend six months along the border in Texas.   They will work with federal agents as part of what's called Operation Phalanx II, which is aimed at drug smuggling and human trafficking along a 200-mile stretch of the border. U.S.

A spokesman says the Illinois National Guard has revoked the security clearance of a member arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

The Illinois Army National Guard is set to dedicate a new, $18 million readiness center in Normal. 

Partial shutdown to impact Il National Guard

Oct 1, 2013

The Illinois National Guard says the partial government shutdown is going to have a big impact on its operations and on communities. IPR'S Patrick Smith reports.

Captain Dustin Cammack says only about 70 of the guard’s 13 hundred civilian technicians will be allowed to work during the shutdown. That means more than 12 hundred maintenance workers, administrators and trainers who keep the guard running will be forced to stay home. Cammack says he and his fellow technicians are supposed to come into work today...