image of a memorial
The Forgotten Warrior Memorial
November 11, 2016

Paying Tribute To Vets Who Succumbed To PTSD

A lot of military memorials honor service abroad.  But one being planned in Illinois will recognize those whose battle continued when they came home. 

The Forgotten Warrior Memorial could be in place next year in Channahon State Park in Will County.   It will pay tribute to military men and women who lost their lives to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


Tim Nugent
L. Brian Stauffer/ U of I News Bureau
September 21, 2016

New Documentary ‘The Game Changer’ Examines Accessibility Pioneer Nugent’s Early Efforts

When Tim Nugent came home from World War Two – little did he know his efforts to help wounded veterans in the late 40’s at the University of Illinois' former Galesburg campus would later make him the ‘Father of Accessibility’ in Champaign-Urbana, and for college students all over. The new Big Ten Network documentary "The Game Changer" includes film footage from the 1950's, telling the story of how Nugent began his efforts.


Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., waves to delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
July 28, 2016

Attorney General: Duckworth Lawsuit Settlement Final

The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork
was signed. Duckworth faces GOP U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in a November election that could influence control of the Senate.


Rodney Davis
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
April 26, 2016

Rep. Davis Among Those Seeking Reversal Of Spy Agency Decision

The Taylorville Republican says federal officials didn't place national security at the top of the list when deciding on a new location for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in north St. Louis.  Davis is among the lawmakers recommending they reconsider a site near Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.


President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Evan Vucci/Associated Press
January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.


The Air Force performing troupe Tops in Blue, in performance.
Robin Cresswell/ US Air Force Photo Archive
December 26, 2015

Scott Air Force Base to Host Possible Farewell Concert

The January 15th performance at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County may be the final one for Tops in Blue, a military performance troupe which has been targeted for cancellation by the U-S Air Force.


A sign at Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2015

Budget Stalemate Hurting Recruitment At Lincoln’s Challenge

The National Guard-run program for at-risk youth in Rantoul was able to continue as scheduled in summer 2015, delayed only slightly to determine if staff could be paid during Illinois' budget impasse.  But that same lack of a budget is giving off an impression that Lincoln's Challenge is not taking new cadets, just weeks from when the next class is scheduled to start.


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