Illinois National Guard

  A new law allows members of the Illinois National guard to be considered veterans on their drivers’ licenses. WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more. 

The bill was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner at an American Legion convention last week.  It allows members of the guard and reserve to receive a veteran designation on their state drivers licenses if their only period of active duty was their initial and annual training.  To prove this status, they need to present a certificate of discharge from their respective service branch to the Secretary of State.

Soldiers from Illinois will soon be in Afghanistan and won't return until December.

About 30 members of the Springfield-based 233rd Military Police Company will get additional training in Texas before going overseas. 

At their deployment ceremony, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, commended and thanked the guardsmen -- such as Sgt. Chad Brown -- for volunteering.


The Illinois National Guard's commanding officer says for years the guard has been planning for the biggest catastrophes that could affect Illinois, like an earthquake in southern Illinois along the New Madrid fault.

Major General Richard Hayes Junior says trying out those plans is at the heart of an exercise in Springfield this week, simulating a 7.7 magnitude quake.

Hayes says he'll incorporate lessons learned following the Hurricane Katrina disaster ten years ago.

Illinois Guard unit provides logistical support in Botswana

Aug 15, 2012
Army Staff Sgt. Jaime L. Witt, 139th MPAD

THEBEPHATSHWA AIR BASE, Botswana – Logistics is the backbone of any large-scale operation, and one group of Illinois Army National Guard soldiers is providing that support. Soldiers from the 405th Brigade Support Battalion are currently in Botswana, Africa, supporting Southern Accord 12.

SA12 is a combined joint exercise meant to strengthen the partnership between U.S. forces and the Botswana Defense Force through humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping operations and aeromedical evacuation.