Category Archives: Hometown Military News

10 Illinois soldiers return from Kuwait deployment

10 Illinois soldiers return from Kuwait deployment

Ten Illinois soldiers who are part of the Chicago-based 633rd Theater Gateway Personnel Accountability Team are back home for the holidays after serving overseas for nine months and they’re looking to catch up on lost time with their families.MORE

Remembering Josh Rodgers in pictures

Remembering Josh Rodgers in pictures

This photo gallery has been created to share the love and laughter of Josh Rodgers, 22, who was killed during a firefight against ISIS insurgents. His parents Kevin and Vondra Rodgers were notified of their son’s death on Wednesday.If you have photos you would like to add to the gallery please send them to Patti@Wjbc.com.An online…MORE

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Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…