U.S. Army

U.S. Army reservists with the 300th Personnel Company returned to Forest Park from Afghanistan on Thursday, and were honored at a dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone, at center. (Credit: Facebook)

Forest Park Reservists Back Home From Afghanistan

The Forest Park-based unit’s primary job was to deliver mail and packages, sell stamps and process money orders for those fighting. They were honored Thursday night at a pasta-and-sausage dinner hosted by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.

10/24/2014

DePaul guard Madeline Crowell. (Credit: CBS)

DePaul Guard Madeline Crowell Balances Basketball, Classes And ROTC

Madeline Crowell is not your typical college freshman. Around classes, she’s working double duty as a guard on the DePaul Blue Demons basketball team as well as serving in the U.S. Army.

03/05/2014

Shamekia Goodwin-Badger, a Wheeling police officer, died after becoming ill during a training session. (Photo from Wheeling Police)

Wheeling Cop Dies After Collapsing During Training

Shamekia Goodwin-Badger began working for Wheeling police May 27, 2008 after being employed with Hawthorn Woods police for four years

07/29/2013

U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Fuentes poses for a picture with his wife and six children, after surprising his kids at a school concert by coming home early from a tour of duty in Kuwait on April 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier Surprises Six Kids With Homecoming During School Concert

U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Fuentes’ six children had no idea he was coming home.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

Naperville residents wave American flags as a car carrying Army Sgt. Joe Riehle brings him home on New Year's Day 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Naperville Soldier Back Home For New Year’s

Army Sgt. Joe Riehle was never expecting the welcome home he got on New Year’s Day, full of thank yous, hugs and handshakes.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2013

U.S. Army Sgt. Prince Gavin (Photo Courtesy: Joint Base Lewis McChord)

Army Sgt. From Chicago Shot, Killed By Wash. Police Officer

A man fatally shot by a Tacoma police officer last week has been identified as a 29-year-old Army sergeant stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

09/02/2012

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Ristau, pictured with his wife and child, was killed in Afghanistan when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device. (Family Photo)

Soldier From Rockford Dies In Afghanistan

Federal defense officials say a 25-year-old Army sergeant from Rockford has died in Afghanistan.

07/15/2012

U.S. Army Spc. Brad Liberio returned home to Crestwood, Ill., on July 3, 2012, after spending a year serving overseas. (Credit: CBS)

Crestwood Soldier Celebrates Homecoming In Time For 4th Of July

While Americans are celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, one Crestwood family will have even more to celebrate – the safe homecoming of a soldier who had been serving in Afghanistan.

CBS 2–07/03/2012

Army Sgt. Frances Escobar hugs her son, 10-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez, at Pasteur Elementary School on May 29, 2012. Escobar surprised her son during an assembly on Memorial Day, after returning from a tour in Afghanistan. (Credit: CBS)

Army Mom Home From Afghanistan Surprises Son At School

An Army mom delivered a big surprise at her son’s Southwest Side elementary school on Tuesday.

CBS 2–05/29/2012

Samuel T. Watts, 20, has died from injuries received in Afghanistan. (Dept. of Defense)

Wheaton North H.S. Mourns Soldier Who Died After Attack In Afghanistan

Wheaton North High School has been mourning the loss of a recent graduate, who died a month after he was wounded while serving in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Samuel T. Watts, 20, has died from injuries received in Afghanistan. (Dept. of Defense)

Wheaton Soldier Dies 1 Month After Being Injured In Afghanistan

Army Spc. Samuel T. Watts, 20, dwas wounded April 25 in Zharay, Afghanistan, from an improvised explosive device.

05/21/2012

Chief Warrant Officer Greg Holley, an Apache helicopter pilot, returned home to Country Club Hills on Oct. 22, 2011, a day after President Barack Obama announced all troops would be coming back from Iraq by year's end. (Credit: CBS)

Country Club Hills Welcomes Army Pilot Home From Iraq

Just over 24 hours after President Barack Obama announced that one of America’s longest wars was coming to a close, a young man who served in that conflict was back home in the Chicago area on Saturday.

CBS Chicago–10/23/2011

Unemployment Line

Grim Numbers For September Job Cuts

There is more evidence that the economy is contracting, with grim job numbers coming out.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

Pfc. Michael Olivieri died this week in Iraq. He was from Chicago's southwest suburbs. (U.S. Army)

Illinoisan Among 5 Soldiers Killed In Iraq This Week

Pfc. Michael Olivieri of south suburban Homer Glen is remembered as a dedicated soldier and husband who was preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary.

06/09/2011

U.S. Army Spc. Andrew P. Wade

Soldier From Antioch Dies In Afghanistan

A U.S. Army specialist from Antioch has died from non-combat injuries he suffered in Afghanistan earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2011