'Proud to be an American'
Scott Rhoton was honored recently by Champaign's American Legion Post 559 Color Guard with a plaque that in part reads: 'We salute you for your commitment to the veterans of our community as we all continue serving God, Community and State.'
While Charles McGee was being recognized by the president during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, many members of his extended family in Champaign-Urbana were glued to the TV.
David Grogan, a retired Navy captain and lawyer who works a day job at the University of Illinois, pursues another vocation in his spare time as an author who builds mysterious international adventures around the fictional Steve Stillwell, whom he describes as 'the lawyer I wanted to be.'
'General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you, sir,' Donald Trump said while singling out newly minted Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee in the gallery during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
That the easy-to-spot American flag outside the Facilities and Service Building at the University of Illinois is perfectly maintained does not come as a surprise. There are more than 130 veterans working at F&S, after all.
The four veterans honored at Thursday's Quilts of Valor ceremony were Jim Acheson of the Navy, Howard Rhodes of the Illinois National Guard, Ed Kobel of the Air Force and Bob Reifsteck of the Army.
CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign attorney has received a “patriot” award for his firm’s support of the National Guard and Reserve program.
Desert Storm veteran Jill Henry of Bloomington has made it her mission not only to tell people about the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, but also to get female veterans registered.
We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School
In a career that has included the Marines, the Champaign Fire Department and a newer job with the University of Illinois, Chris Hanson has seen it all — even a Ronald Reagan moment.
Events scheduled in East Central Illinois in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. If you know of another Veterans Day observation, email news@ and we will publish it online.
The event that starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the VA's Danville campus features 21 entries, including the Danville Police Honor Guard in the lead, the Danville High School Marching Vikings, local fire departments, the Patriot Riders, Lincoln's Challenge cadets and honor guard, fair queens, vintage cars and more.
Though the military declared in 1949 that the body of Pfc. Jack Van Zandt, who died in November 1943 on an island in the Pacific, was 'non-recoverable,' a discovery by a nonprofit group led to its identification.
Between 2000 and 2018, 383,947 people who served in the U.S. military were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Ahead of a Friday forum on the topic at Carle — ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ — we spoke to the veterans affected, the caregivers who stand by their side and the UI researchers trying to learn more about a crippling injury that often goes unrecognized.
In the jungle, Jim Voyles might have been within 50 feet of the enemy and not seen him through the brush and bamboo. His soldiers spoke in hushed tones and were careful about cooking food with strong odors.
Omer Benn learned how to fly Navy planes during World War II, and then taught for 34 years at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation.
DACC President Stephen Nacco envisions a place where people can train for all sorts of employment opportunities, from driving forklifts to — if and when a proposed Las Vegas-style casino is built — repairing slot machines.
Speaking in Springfield, Brig. Gen. Richard Neely and three retired generals pointed to a recent study that found that 70 percent of Illinoisans age 17 to 24 cannot qualify for military service, including 31 percent who would be disqualified due to obesity.
The sergeant, now 72, primarily led groups of fellow Marines on recon missions to find the Viet Cong — though on a couple of occasions, he succeeded too well. Vastly outnumbered in those instances, he and his comrades could only hide from the enemy.