An American tank in Carentan, France - June 1944
The United States National Archives
August 28, 2015

70 Years After World War II Ends: A Local Look Back

The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war. 


Seal of the Illinois Army National Guard
(Illinois Army National Guard)
March 26, 2015

Illinois National Guardsman Accused Of Trying To Aid ISIS

Two suburban Chicago men --- one of them an Illinois National Guard member --- are accused of planning an attack on a northern Illinois military facility in support of the Islamic State group.


President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


The Office of the National Register for Secret State Information in Bucharest.
(AFP/Getty Images)
December 09, 2014

Live Blog: Report Says CIA Misled Senate, White House On Interrogation Program

The CIA "provided inaccurate information to the White House, Congress, the Justice Department, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public," about the interrogation techniques it used on terror suspects, a long-held Senate Intelligence Committee report finds.


Secretary of State John Kerry in October 24 file photo.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 08, 2014

US Prepares For Security Risks With Torture Report

The White House says U.S. embassies are preparing for a greater security risk with the release of a long-anticipated report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. 


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.


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