Nov. 11 | 9-10 a.m.


We're hosting Breakfast with the Bald Eagle on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. Start your day in the Oceans gallery enjoying a warm breakfast buffet, and then head out to the Bald Eagle exhibit. Even though the zoo will be closed for the winter, you will receive a private tour to see and learn about our Bald Eagle and the successful conservation program that saved our national symbol from extinction. 



Johnny’s Italian Steakhouses will be welcoming Veterans and active Military to join us for a complimentary lunch or dinner on Veteran’s Friday, November 10th 2017.

Veterans and active Military need only show a valid form of Military or Veterans ID to enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner. A special menu has been created especially for this occasion and includes sides and a non-alcoholic beverage.



SPARTA, IL (10/16/2017) (readMedia)


• Illinois Army National Guard's 661st Engineer Detachment Firefighting Team based in Sparta, Illinois.


• A mobilization ceremony is scheduled for a team of Soldiers who will deploy to Iraq.


• Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

• Sparta Fire Station, 1803 Hillcrest Drive; Sparta, Illinois.

Motorcycle ride from Chicago to Springfield on Route 66 will benefit “Honor Flight”


WASHINGTON — The National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award was presented to two civilian employees from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and one Coast Guard servicemember from Coast Guard Sector New York at the IMAGE 45th National Training Program Sept. 14 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Media and public invited to events to help tell the story of Illinois' heroes Sept. 20-23

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/18/2017) (readMedia)-- WHO:

• Illinois National Guard Veterans

• Illinois National Guard Survivor Outreach Services


• 34 Veterans will ride bicycles during a four-day endurance ride, traveling a 500-mile journey from Cairo, Illinois to St. Charles, Illinois, as part of the Gold Star 500.

Sept. 24 ceremony in Springfield for the 3637th Maintenance Company

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/18/2017) (readMedia)-- WHO:

• Illinois Army National Guard's 3637th Maintenance Company based in Springfield, Illinois


• A deployment ceremony is scheduled for approximately 135 Soldiers who will deploy to Kuwait this fall.


• Sept. 24, 2017 at 9 a.m.

FORT McCOY, Wis. - A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members/guests are eligible to attend to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.
        Photo identification is required for all personnel to access the installation.

PARIS, IL (09/13/2017) (readMedia)-- The National Guard's motto is "Always Ready, Always There." Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard's 1544th Transportation Company based in Paris, Illinois, and 1644th Transportation Company based in Rock Falls, Illinois, lived that motto this week.