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Champaign County celebrated its status as the birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen this week. Four road signs entering the County now signify the area’s ties to the African American pilots who flew in World War Two. The Tuskegee Airmen were initially known as the ‘99th Pursuit Squadron.’ The group started at the former Chanute Air Force Base in 1941 before training in Alabama.


A 93-year-old World War II veteran from Belleville will receive his high school diploma during the Belleville West High School commencement.

Public comment sought on bringing LST 325 to Peoria

Jun 9, 2014

The city of Peoria is seeking public comment before making a formal bid to relocate the historic LST 325 Ship to the riverfront.

It's been 70 years since allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in one of the turning points of World War Two. A memorial service in Springfield today (FRIDAY) told stories of the young men on the front lines. Hannah Meisel has more.