Illinois veterans

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

The Springfield cemetery containing the grave of President Lincoln now has a monument to Purple Heart recipients.  

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."

That quote, from Shakespeare's Henry V. is inscribed on the new granite monument.

It's also etched with a drawing of the medal -- a heart, emblazoned with a profile of George Washington, that hangs from a purple ribbon.

The Purple Heart is the military's oldest award, given to troops killed or wounded in combat.

Illinois.gov

  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.  

CDC

Ten people in western Illinois now have died from Legionnaires' disease after a state veterans home reported two new fatalities among its residents.

An outbreak first identified in late August has sickened 53 residents at the Quincy home, nine of whom died.  Four others in Quincy have been diagnosed with the illness, one of whom died. Officials say those cases aren't connected to the larger outbreak. 

Illinois governor signs hiring bill for Veterans

Jul 10, 2012

The new Illinois law aims to make it easier for post 9/11 Veterans to land a job. The measure provides more tax breaks to companies who add these Veterans to their payroll.