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.
GEORGETOWN -- This Kid to Know is thinking of others, specifically troops who won't be home for Christmas.
CHAMPAIGN -- Thousands in Central Illinois are writing to make veterans' holidays a little brighter.
ILLINOIS -- Just in time for Veterans Day, Illinois launched a new website to help military veterans and their families.
SPRINGFIELD -- An Illinois soldier is helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
MAHOMET -- After fighting in Afghanistan, a Central Illinois soldier is back home.
SPRINGFIELD -- More than a dozen Illinois' soldiers are back home Thursday from a tour of duty in the Middle East.
RANTOUL -- He spent many years in the military and studied at UI, now this Hometown Hero is teaching his own lesson of giving back to the community.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of military members will get to talk to their families thanks to a statewide fundraiser.
URBANA -- The first ballots of the year went out Friday.
PARIS -- Our Town has had its share of military history.
URBANA -- A commander is passing the torch, or rather the flag.
DECATUR -- For several weeks now, we've introduced you to local veterans, showing how they're serving the community. But, today, we want you to meet two men from Our Town.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's not often you run into a celebrity in Central Illinois.
URBANA -- It's a town full of military servicemen and women.
CHICAGO -- A new state law makes it easier for military families to work in Illinois.
TAYLORVILLE -- How would you act if you were put in a dangerous situation?
CHAMPAIGN -- Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, is standing up for military vets.
DECATUR -- The community is honoring fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day.