November 11, 2014

State Treasurer Trying to Reunite Veterans, Medals

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office is trying to reunite veterans and their families with lost military medals, ribbons, dog tags and paperwork left in unclaimed safe-deposit boxes.  


President Obama addresses the media Friday before a meeting with cabinet members.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 07, 2014

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More Troops For Iraq

A senior military official says that American military advisory teams will now go to Iraq's western Anbar province, where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground.


Smoke rises after a US coalition airstrike in the city of Kobani Monday.
(TOLGA BOZOGLU/EPA /LANDOV)
October 13, 2014

U.S. Strikes At ISIS In Kobani As Kurds Claim Progress

The besieged city of Kobani, Syria, has seen an increase in air strikes and fighting, with Kurdish fighters in the area saying they've stopped the extremist group ISIS from advancing.


John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
October 09, 2014

Shimkus: Time To Support Allied Action In Russia

Congressman John Shimkus says the US and Russia are in another Cold War.  The Republican said he’s prepared to vote on military action to support Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists.


Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai stands next to Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and two deputy officials as he takes the oath during the inauguration ceremony in Kabul.
(Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Landov)
September 29, 2014

Afghanistan’s New President: ‘Hold Me Accountable’

"Hold me accountable" is the message from Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who took the oath of office, succeeding Hamid Karzai, who many accused of lacking accountability.


President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 28, 2014

Obama: US Misjudged Iraqi Army, Militants’ Threat

President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin campaigns in Champaign on Wednesday.
Hannah Meisel/WILL
September 25, 2014

Durbin On Progress Against ISIS, Corporate Taxes

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. only has so much power over the terrorist group known as the Islamic State. American airstrikes expanded to Syria this week after six weeks of bombings over Iraq, where ISIS has strongholds. 


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