MAHOMET -- With Christmas less than two weeks away, many people have already finished putting up their holiday decorations.
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.
VERMILION COUNTY -- A 20-year old soldier is being honored with a purple heart.
DECATUR -- Millions around the world are remembering 9/11, including those right here in Central Illinois.
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.
SAVOY -- One speaker talked about how it can be easy to forget what Memorial Day is all about. For the people attending, they say it's more than just a day off school and work.
PARIS -- Safety is on everyone's minds now that about 120 soldiers based in Edgar County are getting deployed to Afghanistan.
Latest: 10:02 pm, 4/12/14, Saturday EFFINGHAM -- Sergeant Timothy Owens lived Missouri, but was originally from Effingham.
HONOLULU, HI -- The remains of more than 20 US service members have gone unidentified for years.
RANTOUL -- A high school senior got a big surprise last Thursday.
TAYLORVILLE -- Sixth graders at St. Mary's School had a special visitor Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN -- A new assistant principal has some unique experiences to share with her students.
WASHINGTON -- An Army soldier drove almost 18 hours to get back to his hometown.
CHAMPAIGN -- A local soldier is home and giving back to the community.
SPRINGFIELD -- Three students got the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD -- A lot of soldiers kept diaries during the Civil War. Now, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has an original.
NEOGA -- Staff Sergeant Randy Lane died of a heart attack this month while serving in Afghanistan.
URBANA -- Family and friends gathered at the University of Illinois campus for a special ceremony Sunday. A memorial was made to honor a former student who died while serving overseas.
SPRINGFIELD -- Portraits of hundreds of fallen soldiers from Illinois are on display this week.
CHAMPAIGN -- Thursday a hero was recognized for putting his life on the line.
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.
MAHOMET -- Eight-year-old Sophie Deck got to meet her soldier pen pal for the first time in January.
MAHOMET -- A little girl's Christmas wish came true last month.
ATLANTA, GA -- A Christmas wish came true for an 8-year-old girl from Mahomet. She got to meet her soldier pen pal in Atlanta.
MAHOMET -- Sophie Deck started writing to her pen pal in second grade. Her pal was Veronica Davis, a soldier in Afghanistan. Davis is home now, but hundreds of miles away from where Sophie lives. Now a holiday wish will bring the two together.
MATTOON -- College students are pitching in to make sure soldiers have a Merry Christmas.
MAHOMET -- After fighting in Afghanistan, a Central Illinois soldier is back home.
DANVILLE -- A soldier is reunited with his family.
CHATHAM -- One area teen is making it his mission to honor a soldier killed overseas.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's been a staple here in Champaign-Urbana for 157 years.