WESTVILLE -- He went from professional baseball player to fighting on the front lines.
PANA -- A veteran has spent his entire life in Our Town.
URBANA -- He served our country and, after the military, has made his life about public service, but this Hometown Hero is trying his luck at a new craft.
CHAMPAIGN -- This week's Our Town was dedicated to America's favorite sports car, the Corvette, but our Hometown Hero got special honors at America's favorite race.
FORSYTH -- More than 13,000 people serve in the Illinois National Guard.
GIFFORD -- An area veteran made it his mission to honor those from Our Town who have served.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- He fought for our country, but this Hometown Hero says he was an unlikely candidate for the honor.
SAVOY -- Nowadays they tour the U.S. to give people a piece of the past, but for many veterans, seeing the flying fortress back up in the air was more like deja vu.
SAVOY -- He flew his first mission on D-Day. 70 years later, this Hometown Hero got to see a B-17 take to the sky once again.
CHARLESTON -- He was a prisoner of war during World War II. Now, decades later, one Central Illinois Hometown Hero is getting a medal.
URBANA -- He grew up on a farm in Central Illinois, but after traveling overseas to fight for the U.S., this Hometown Hero returned to serve his hometown.
URBANA -- As if fighting for our country wasn't enough.
SPRINGFIELD -- His resume and title speak for itself. But, it's his philosophy which has gotten him to the top of Illinois' military command.
DECATUR -- Vietnam veterans got the chance to remember why they served this weekend when one of their own leaders was an honored guest.
CHAMPAIGN -- Firefighters go through countless hours of training to be ready when the calls come.
DECATUR -- Everyone knows the war in Afghanistan is winding down, and while that's a good thing, it also means a lot more of those who are injured overseas will be coming home.
DANVILLE -- An area man is getting recognition for his lifelong commitment to schools. He's tonight's Hometown Hero.
SPRINGFIELD -- Friday the state honored this Hometown Hero for being a veteran who helps make this a better country.
CHAMPAIGN -- After challenging himself to become a better person, one veteran is now leading the way for others to do the same.
CHARLESTON -- A Hometown Hero is using social media to honor fallen soldiers.
CHAMPAIGN -- Serving in the war is a big part of his past, but one veteran is still serving his country by feeding the homeless.
ILLINOIS -- Returning home from fighting overseas can be a hard adjustment.
DANVILLE -- A group which has a mission to help homeless veterans is revving up its efforts to get them off the streets.
URBANA -- An area woman is giving back by clipping hundreds of newspapers at a time.
CHAMPAIGN -- The 108th Sustainment Brigade of the Illinois National Guard is shipping out overseas this month.
CHAMPAIGN -- As a veteran, this Hometown Hero is helping people on campus understand his comrades as they continue their education at UI.
RANTOUL -- Some veterans are stepping up and giving back to storm victims.
MONTICELLO -- An area man receives honors for his work as a veteran, but also as a large part of the community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- This veteran's story just got a little better with a shiny, new medal added to his chest.
CHAMPAIGN -- These days the internet is full of bloggers. Some talk about fashion, others politics.
CHAMPAIGN -- The 21-gun salute, marching and folding the American flag.
SPRINGFIELD -- Many times coming back from war can be a hard transition for veterans.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Hometown Hero wound up serving in the military and becoming a firefighter afterwards.
CLEAR LAKE -- Life experience has trained this veteran to help those who've died serving our country, but as a Hometown Hero, the job doesn't stop there.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use.
EAST PEORIA -- Students at a Central Illinois grade school are doing their part to help veterans in their town.
RANTOUL -- Earlier this week, you saw a few veterans who got to ride in an old military plane.
COLES COUNTY -- He puts his life on the line for his community every day. He says the military is what jump started decades of service.
URBANA -- This Hometown Hero's job is more like a hobby because this veteran is helping other veterans rebuild their lives.
SPRINGFIELD -- A Hometown Hero helps veteran organizations keep going to help vets and their families.
RANTOUL -- As the Illini practice at Camp Rantoul this week, we've seen some stand-out athletes. But off the field, players say there's one guy who stands out to them.
URBANA -- This Hometown Hero uses his heart and his hands to make other people's lives a little more fun.
ATWOOD -- World War II vets are becoming harder to find.
TILTON -- Our Town is a close-knit community. but everyone seems to know this Hometown Hero.
STEWARDSON -- Usually our Hometown Heroes have served in the military.
RANTOUL -- Our Town is rich with history.
CHAMPAIGN -- He lost his sight while fighting overseas, but that's not stopping this Hometown Hero from reaching high ground, and even the big screen.
PETERSBURG -- Two men in Our Town make sure those who've served feel right at home.
PAXTON -- He was driving through another town and got an idea to impact Our Town forever.
ST. JOSEPH -- When you're driving into Our Town, Main Street is filled with signs honoring men and women from the area who are serving our country.
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