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.