RANTOUL -- An 8-year old, from Paxton, went to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch for the reindeer. She never imagined what else she'd see, all the way from Afghanistan.
FOREST PARK -- Smiles, hugs and a few tears Thursday as some area soldiers returned home from Afghanistan.
VERMILION COUNTY -- A 20-year old soldier is being honored with a purple heart.
PARIS -- 120 soldiers will be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
FORD COUNTY -- Thanks to the internet, an area woman was able to send a message to her family and friends while she's serving overseas.
Update: 1:00 pm, 6/11/14, Wednesday ILLINOIS -- An Illinois soldier is one of five killed in a friendly fire airstrike.
DECATUR -- The new orders are to pack up and head out of Afghanistan.
PARIS -- Safety is on everyone's minds now that about 120 soldiers based in Edgar County are getting deployed to Afghanistan.
INTERNATIONAL -- One of the Americans killed during a hospital attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week, had ties to UI.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new assistant principal has some unique experiences to share with her students.
CHAMPAIGN -- One military woman has several jobs, and with each one, she makes a big difference.
MATTOON -- College students are pitching in to make sure soldiers have a Merry Christmas.
SPRINGFIELD -- More than a dozen Illinois' soldiers are back home Thursday from a tour of duty in the Middle East.
MATTOON -- One veteran is working to make 100 soldiers' holiday a little brighter, but he needs your help.
COVINGTON- A hero starts his journey home.
COVINGTON -- Wednesday evening hundreds of volunteers from Indiana and Illinois put up flags to honor a fallen Marine coming home tomorrow. Lance Corporal Joshua Witsman,23, died last Wednesday serving in Afghanistan.
SPRINGFIELD - Sixty Illinois National Guard soldiers returned from Afghanistan Friday.