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Officials mark 40-year anniversary of military aircraft crash that killed 27 members in McHenry County

40 years ago today, an Illinois National Guard plane exploded mid-air and crashed in McHenry County, killing all 27 military personnel on board. A KC-135A Stratotanker, assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing (AREFW), departed from northern Michigan en route to O’Hare Airport on March 19, 1982. The aircraft was 40 miles northwest of O’Hare […]

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Gov. Pritzker announces National Guard deploying to Lake, McHenry counties to help with COVID vaccinations

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Thursday that the Illinois National Guard has been deployed to help bolster COVID-19 vaccination operations in Lake and McHenry counties. Pritzker said that the additional state resources are deploying to support both the Lake County Health Department and McHenry County Department of Health. The resources include Illinois National Guard […]

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National Guard soldiers based out of Woodstock remembered 12 years after being killed by IED

Three Illinois National Guardsmen, who were based out of Woodstock — one of which lived in Round Lake Beach, are being remembered 12 years after they were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Monday was the 12-year anniversary of their deaths, according to the Illinois National Guard. Sgt. Christopher Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Spc. […]

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Illinois National Guard assisting McHenry County expand COVID-19 vaccination capacity

The Illinois National Guard will be supporting efforts to expand McHenry County’s vaccination capacity later this month, the county health department announced. The McHenry County Department of Health said on Tuesday that the guard will be supporting vaccination efforts in McHenry County by the end of March. Two teams — a mobile team and a […]

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Governor Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard to assist with coronavirus response

Governor J.B. Pritzker has activated the Illinois National Guard to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak, which has left 1 dead and at least 160 infected in Illinois. Approximately 60 Illinois National Guard service members will be assisting. The members include 43 Airmen from the Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing’s Medical Group and 17 planners and liaison […]