SPRINGFIELD -- Police departments are using more than just squad cars and guns in the fight against crime. Now, many are stepping up their game and going military.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- By the end of this year, tens of thousands of military service members will be heading home from overseas.
SPRINGFIELD -- Children of military members who've died will be able to apply for gold star license plates.
Jesse Miller from the U of I joins us to talk about MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and how the heating element inside each one works to serve hot and ready meals to our military.
ILLINOIS -- More funding is on its way to help military programs.
MATTOON -- Many places have war memorials in town with names of men and women who died serving our country.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' military families are getting some added assistance from the state.
ILLINOIS -- The state has a new law in place to help children in military families enroll in school faster.
CHAMPAIGN -- It was 70 years ago was a day one area World War II veteran still remembers.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Memorial Day is a time when we honor those men and women who died serving our country.
CATLIN -- One of Central Illinois' Marine is back home safely after a tour overseas.
Update: 4:02 pm, 5/6/14, Tuesday ILLINOIS -- Legislation which aims to ease the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois' schools was in committee Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD -- His resume and title speak for itself. But, it's his philosophy which has gotten him to the top of Illinois' military command.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The future of our military was honored at UI Saturday.
ST. JOSEPH -- Her son was at Ft. Hood when a shooter opened fire. Now, she's dealing she's dealing with the tragedy which hit so close to home.
DECATUR -- Vietnam veterans got the chance to remember why they served this weekend when one of their own leaders was an honored guest.
DECATUR -- It's been 41 years since the Vietnam War ended.
THOMASBORO -- He led the church which protested hundreds of military funerals and families hope this man's death brings change.
CHARLESTON -- A Hometown Hero is using social media to honor fallen soldiers.
ILLINOIS -- The state is expanding what it calls the "Welcome Home Heroes" program.
RANTOUL -- A high school senior got a big surprise last Thursday.
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 -- Military members deployed overseas will get about 10,000 Chicago-style pizzas in time for Superbowl Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD -- They courageously serve our country, but their children sometimes take on the burden of that service role.
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.
DANVILLE -- It's not your typical high school curriculum, but a new class at Danville High School is getting students excited.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new assistant principal has some unique experiences to share with her students.
RANTOUL -- Volunteers are putting together a special delivery for troops this holiday season, but they need your help.
GIFFORD -- 11 storm survivors were given a gift for a very special reason.
CHAMPAIGN -- A local soldier is home and giving back to the community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Some military alums received special honors Friday.
CHAMPAIGN -- People are working to send something special to troops overseas.
SPRINGFIELD -- It will soon be easier for some Illinois' veterans to get jobs right after being discharged.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Hometown Hero wound up serving in the military and becoming a firefighter afterwards.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use.
NATIONAL -- President Obama and key lawmakers are seeking support for military action in Syria.
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.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new law could give ex-offenders a second chance at a clean record.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new bill will protect people in the military.
CHAMPAIGN – One man is marching to our nation’s capitol on his own two feet to give a voice to a problem he feels is being kept silent.
RANTOUL -- An Our Town woman is working to raise money for a war memorial tribute.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new set of laws aims to help returning soldiers find jobs.
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.
ILLINOIS -- Veterans returning from war are getting more help from the state to get back on their feet.
DANVILLE -- Nowadays in order to get a job you need at least a high school diploma.
CHAMPAIGN -- It was a big year for women in the military and today dozens got together to celebrate.
SPRINGFIELD -- Active duty military and their families in Illinois can have their state and federal taxes prepared for free thanks to Illinois CPAs.
CHAMPAIGN-The military gave him a chance to turn his life around now a teacher is doing the same thing for his students.
CHAMPAIGN -- The "Flag Man" is heading to the Capital to be honored for his service.