U.S. Air Force http://peoriapublicradio.org en Officials tout Illinois military base as closures loom http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/officials-tout-illinois-military-base-closures-loom <p>The secretary of the U.S. Air Force paid a visit Tuesday to Scott Air Force Base. As Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports, it’s part of a push from state political leaders to safeguard the Metro East military installation.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spent most of <span data-term="goog_67938621" tabindex="0">Tuesday</span> morning at Scott Air Force Base. She was joined by a slew of Illinois political leaders, including U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:15:45 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 21834 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Officials tout Illinois military base as closures loom Peoria veteran gets long awaited medals http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-veteran-gets-long-awaited-medals <div>A retired U.S. Air Force veteran was finally recognized for his part in a classified mission that took place more than three decades ago. Congressman Aaron Schock&nbsp;presented an Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal to 54-year old Benny Percy.</div><div> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:38:22 +0000 Denise Molina 12351 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria veteran gets long awaited medals