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.
ST. JOSEPH -- There's not much this veteran hasn't done.
DANVILLE -- Even though he didn't graduate high school, you could never call this student a dropout.
GEORGETOWN -- A kindergarten class at Pinecrest Elementary got to meet the soldier they've been sending cards and care packages to since the beginning of the year.
PAXTON -- It's the kind of surprise any mother wants.
DANVILLE -- He escaped from a German prison more than 60-years ago, but nowadays this veteran is using his story to motivate others.
DANVILLE -- One Hometown Hero uses her spare time to help those who've served.
CHAMPAIGN -- This week's Hometown Hero is a veteran who does her best to help others say healthy through her job and during her free time.
GEORGETOWN -- Resilience is the word many would use to describe one area veteran.
URBANA -- Born and raised in Central Illinois, he's a hero that's come back from touring around the world to protect and serve his hometown.
CHAMPAIGN-The military gave him a chance to turn his life around now a teacher is doing the same thing for his students.
CHAMPAIGN-Its an invention that's changed the way we see our world and it was created in part by a veteran who lives right here in Central Illinois..
DANVILLE-Its hard to count the number of things a local veteran has accomplished, however, his most recent accomplishment is helping others in Central Illinois.
RANTOUL -- He has more than 30 years of military experience, but for decades, Peter Thomas has been fighting a different battle.
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