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Illinois seeking veterans to honor during bicentennial

The state of Illinois has started to accept nominations for Illinois military veterans whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty.

Two hundred of the nominees will be selected and honored as part of Honor 200, which will be a signature program of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration. They will be recognized during Illinois’ 200th birthday party gala Dec. 3, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago.

“Illinois veterans have played a critical role in defining our heritage,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement. “They’ve served our country, protected our freedoms, and many of them continue to be a positive force in their communities. It’s only fitting that we honor them and recognize their contributions to society.”

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will work with veterans organizations throughout the state to promote Honor 200 and solicit nominations. Nominees will be evaluated on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community.

Anyone can nominate an Illinois veteran. Written nominations can be sent to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, 69 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL, 60601 or online at illinois.gov/veterans.

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