IDES - Illinois Hires Heroes

Illinois Hires Heroes

Illinois Hires Heroes

​​Illinois Hires Heroes


The Governor, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security team up to recognize military and veteran-friendly employers.

The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium is a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement military veteran recruitment, training and retention practices. Members of the Consortium are Illinois employers who commit to at least three initiatives - one in each aforementioned human resource category.
The Consortium will mobilize public attention and employer commitment to addressing the issue of veteran employment. Consortium members also benefit from hiring some of the most dedicated and skilled employees our nation has to offer.
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and IDES will assist participants in meeting the simple goals that will lead the employer on the path to recruiting and retaining high-quality veteran candidates. Employers will be allowed to use the Illinois Hires Heroes logo to market themselves as veteran-friendly.​
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Participating Employers:

Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR CORP. provides a wide range of products and services for the commercial aviation and defense industries. With nearly 20% of the AAR employee workforce having served in the military, AAR's veteran hiring strategy includes participation in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, and Hiring Our Heroes activities across the United States. As part of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium, AAR CORP. commits to participating in one or more Helping & Hiring Our Hometown Heroes events, and becoming an Army Partnership for Youth Success Partner.​
Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.
Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.
Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

 logo_web_250px.fw.pngAbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott.  The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases.   AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.  For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visit 

Accenture is constantly seeking out the world's best talent, both in the US and globally. We've found that much of what veterans learn and use in the military - leadership, discipline, teamwork and organizational skills - is highly transferable and relevant to our work. Connecting returning service members with compelling career opportunities is a priority for Accenture. The benefits to our returning vets, our communities and our company are undeniable, and as more military professionals come home, we will continue our efforts to assist in their transition from deployment to employment.​

Every day, the 30,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 265 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. We operate the world's premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 140 countries on six continents.​​
ADP powers the working world with comprehensive solutions that drive business success.ADP powers the working world with comprehensive solutions that drive business success. Consistently named one of the "Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE® Magazine, and recognized by Forbes® as one of "The World's Most Innovative Companies," ADP has over a half-million clients around the globe and 65 years of experience as one of the largest providers of human capital management solutions world-wide. At ADP, we believe that diversity fuels innovation.  ADP is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, genetic information, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful alien status, national origin, age, marital status, non-job related physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. We support an inclusive workplace where associates excel based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.

AgencyRTSLogo_250px.jpg AgencyRTS is a leading staffing company dedicated to sourcing, administering, training and on-boarding licensed professionals in the insurance & financial services industries.  Our services are unique in every way, starting with the way we approach the sourcing process, to the structured transitional processes that candidates undergo between required phases of hiring, and to the way we deliver our personalized one-on-one attention to training.  Our entire service was designed to meld the best of the industry, while dramatically changing everything about how the market approaches hiring.

It’s our mission to be the Good Hands—to help protect customers and be a force for good in our communities. To uphold that mission, we make decisions, define our values and shape our entire company culture around it. 

The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America, serving more than 16 million households nationwide. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting our customers from life's uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years.

To help others protect what they care about, we lead the way—not only with policies and programs, but with the knowledge we share. We've got a great history behind us, but there's always good to be done. Explore your opportunities to work for good with Allstate.
Altorfer Inc. has served the construction, agriculture, landscaping and trades, manufacturing, material handling, rental, mining, governmental, trucking and power generation industries. Our company and employees are proud to be part of a culture that values honesty, humility, integrity, teamwork, compassion, and safety. Through highly engaged employees, we fulfill the needs of our customers and partners with quality products, solutions, and support. 

Aon is committed to recruiting and developing veteran talent. We offer support to our colleagues who have served our country with our Veterans United business resource group, and we participate in a variety of philanthropic and colleague volunteer efforts—including American Corporate Partners’ Veterans Mentoring Program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program and local programs in cooperation with the Veterans Administration. 
Aon Plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading gloabal provider or risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources​ solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 69,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative risk and people solutions.  For further information on our capabilities and to learn how we empower results for clients, please visit:


AT&T is committed to employing our nation's veterans and military through its efforts in recruitment, training and retention. Through the Military Translator that matches military codes to job openings or career paths, AT&T actively seeks military veterans to join its ranks. The company's Military Employee Resource Group provides camaraderie and mentoring opportunities. As part of its commitment to the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium, AT&T is participating in multiple events through the US Chamber of Commerce throughout our state and is a corporate member in the 100,000 Jobs Mission. AT&T has signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support and AT&T's Affinity/Employee Resource Group.​

Founded in 1936 and with nearly 14 million members, HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth overall, operating through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield® Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. We are greater than our nearly 20,000 employees, 60 local offices, and state-of-the-art technology, including two Tier IV data centers - the industry's highest reliability level - that provide the speed and security to meet our customer's current and future business needs. We are one of the most respected companies for compliance, diversity and community outreach in the country.​


BMO Harris Bank has grown to become one of the largest banks in the Midwest serving personal, commercial and affluent customers. BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. These include solutions for everyday banking, financing, investing, as well as a full suite of integrated commercial and financial advisory services. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.  We offer Wealth Management through BMO Private Bank who serve a full range of client segments, from mainstream to ultra-high net worth, with a broad offering of wealth management products and solutions offered through offices across the United States.  In addition, BMO Capital Markets, with more than 2,300 employees operating in 29 offices worldwide, offers corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services.
We focus on building relationships with a vision to be the bank that defines great customer experience — building that reputation with new customers and deepening it with existing customers. We're building our presence and making it easier for customers to do business with us through an integrated network of branches, mobile banking, online banking and ATMs, along with the expertise of our mortgage specialists, commercial bankers and financial planners.

Nashville, Tennessee based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. 
The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles.  The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and services centers. 
Guided by the One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home. 
The Bridgestone Bloomington Off the Road Tire Plant of Bloomington-Normal, IL builds bias and radial tires for the worldwide construction and mining industries.  The plant of approximately 500,000 square feet has around 450 total teammates clock, salaried, and contractor. ​​


CWGS.jpgCamping World is America's #1 source for RV’s, camping accessories and RV maintenance and repair. With over 10,000 quality RV parts and accessories, an impressive selection of new and used travel trailers and motorhomes, and more than 500 service bays equipped to repair and maintain all types of RVs, we’re your one-stop shop for everything RV!

Good Sam is the world's largest provider of products and services that enhance the RV and outdoor recreation consumer experience. Our products are dedicated to providing savings, safety, security, comfort, and convenience to make RV ownership and the outdoor lifestyle more enjoyable.

Cardinal Health is a $91 billion healthcare services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As the business behind healthcare, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Ranked #22 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 34,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

Carle2011_200redWEB.jpgBased in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the not-for-profit parent company of an integrated system of hospitals, a 400-member physician group and health plan. Carle is consistently recognized for providing quality care to a population of 1.3 million people. The 393-bed Carle Foundation Hospital houses the region's only Level I Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Center Designation and offers Level III perinatal services. Carle is ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™, is among the top nationally for critical care, stroke, pulmonary and gastrointestinal care, having achieved Magnet® nursing status and Health Care’s Most Wired™. Carle serves people through high-quality care, medical research and education. 
The Carle Foundation is committed to veteran and military engagement, hiring, and retention practices. We recognize those who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces and the tremendous benefit they bring to our organization.  For more information on a career at Carle, please visit​


Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) is a global leader specializing in business travel management and our travel counselors know that teamwork and great results have no boundary. We are proud to have been named the most admired Travel Management Company - and we are even more proud that we achieved it together. Whether we are booking government travel, advising on international security or establishing relationships with global corporations, we work as a family. We support each other. We grow as a team. And to us, that's what makes a world of difference.​


Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc. is a Chicago-based management and information technology consulting firm founded in 1992. Our practice focuses on Government Solutions, Management Consulting, Applications Development, and Infrastructure Management. Catalyst specializes in creating comprehensive, integrated solutions for our clients in both the public and private sectors, solutions that help drive our clients forward by transforming processes, increasing operating efficiencies and maximizing return on investment.​

 CDW is a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions in the U.S. and Canada. We help our customer base of more than 250,000 small, medium and large business, government, education and healthcare customers by delivering critical solutions to their increasingly complex IT needs. A Fortune 500 company, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 6,800 coworkers. Our broad array of offerings range from discrete hardware and software products to integrated IT solutions such as mobility, security, data center optimization, cloud computing, virtualization and collaboration.​


Chemring Energetic Devices (CED) is AS9100C, ISO-9100-2008 certified and an ITAR Registered contract manufacturing company that provides aerospace and commercial products in applications where safety, performance and high reliability are essential.  We develop and produce advanced systems and products that are used worldwide in commercial space satellites, launch vehicles and government programs.​


Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels over 40,000 children, youth and families to improve their lives. For over 130 years, Children’s Home + Aid has been a compassionate advocate helping to shape public policy in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Children’s Home + Aid is recognized for establishing best practices and achieving outstanding results through its programs and services that focus on child abuse prevention, healthy child development and strengthening families.


The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 26 distinct gardens and four natural areas. Opened to the public in 1972, the Garden is managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society, accredited by the American Association of Museums and a member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). The Chicago Botanic Garden is the 12th largest tourist attraction in Chicago and is the area's sixth largest cultural institution.​


For over 35 years Cleary Building Corp. has been a family owned, debt-free, process driven, nation-wide manufacturer and builder of pre-engineered post frame structures. With 80 Branch offices across the US and over 91,000 structures built, coupled with a 98.7% Customer Satisfaction Rating, we operate with a high sense of urgency in a successful, disciplined and exciting environment.​


Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative (CMEC) has more than 9,500 members and an electrical distribution system stretching more than 1,900 miles.  Members are served in Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt and Shelby Counties in addition to the two original Counties of Moultrie and Coles.
copePlastics250.jpg Cope Plastics is the premier distributor and fabricator of plastic sheet, rod and tube across the Midwest—delivering solutions to our valued customers since 1946. Our solutions range from engineering plastics, graphics materials, acrylics, polycarbonates, custom fabrication, design assistance to a multitude of other plastic materials and services. Our dedicated fabrication facilities, industry leading machinists, and committed team members provide quality products that help customer solutions become more efficient, more cost effective and more flexible.



In the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 57,000 professionals with a single focus: serving our clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. We work in four key business areas - audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting - but our real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients' needs. Fortune   and BusinessWeek consistently rank our organization among the best places to work, which is good news for our talent and our clients alike.​​


At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us.




Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Around the world, businesses in the food, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, and oil and gas markets choose Ecolab products and services to keep their environments clean and safe, operating efficiently and achieve sustainability goals. Ecolab is Everywhere It Matters - making the world cleaner, safer and healthier - protecting people and vital resources.​

Exelon Corporation is committed to hiring veterans not only because we value their service, but also because it makes good business sense. As the nation's leading competitive energy company, we are driven to perform and our military veteran employees bring the background and training that help drive our progress. Employees with military experience bring unique skills and experienc to the civilian work force in a variety of areas, ranging from engineering to operations to security. We recognize that military veterans are uniquely qualified for the work we do, and we actively pursue veterans to join our team. We value their leadership, teamwork, integrity, and commitment to excellence.​
framework_250px.jpgFramework Communications is a single-source Managed IT & Telecommunications solution and support provider. Our mission is to reinvent technology by reinventing how we connect our clients with technology. 

We're self-funded and self-motivated with a unique business model which focuses on empowering our employees with a sense of collaborative ownership with what we do while focusing on their career development. We're always on the look-out for new team members, drop us a line any time! 


 Franczek Radelet, a labor, employment and education boutique law firm, represents employers and educational institutions in the public and private sector across the United States. Our more than 50 attorneys provide creative, effective and practical solutions to challenging labor relations problems and provide aggressive and cost-effective representation to employers in employment litigation matters. We have an unmatched breadth of education law experience which has been recognized by the nearly 100 Illinois school districts and more than 30 higher education institutions that trust us during their most trying times.​


Gateway Service Center has a team of experienced professionals to take care of your equipment repair needs. Whether you need tractor-trailer repair, towing or over the road breakdown service… for over 35 years we have taken care of "the over the road drivers." You can count on us today and tomorrow!​


 At Genesis we are committed to a viable alternative to nursing home or assisted living care.  We work to maintain, strengthen, and safeguard the functioning of individuals in the familiar environment of home. Care at home is a safe and healthy option for a longer and happier retirement. Genesis is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health and is a licensed provider ​of the Illinois Department of Human Services. We are members of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and the Home Care Association of America.


Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs.  The Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them the right products to keep their facilities up and running. Grainger's customers are two million businesses and institutions in more than 150 countries. While each customer has a unique facility to operate and a different problem to solve, our customers all share the same requirement: when they need one of Grainger's products, they often need it right away.  With more than 22,400 team members, the Grainger team works closely with customers to better understand their challenges and provide cost-saving solutions. Grainger's team members serve customers around 96,000 times every day through multiple channels.​

growmark.jpgGROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives to serve more than 250,000 customers. The GROWMARK System began in 1927 when Illinois Farm Bureau members organized local agricultural cooperatives in order to meet their growing demand for a reliable fuel supply. Soon, nine of those cooperatives combined to form Illinois Farm Supply Company, which merged with similar organizations in Iowa and Wisconsin to form FS Services, Inc. In 1980, GROWMARK, Inc. was established through the consolidation of FS Services, Inc. and Illinois Grain Corporation. FS cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin still make up GROWMARK’s core membership. GROWMARK has now grown into an expansive system with $7 billion in annual sales (FY2016). With four wholly or partially-owned subsidiaries, nine retail subsidiary divisions, and controlling interests in several related endeavors, the GROWMARK System is flourishing. At GROWMARK we are proud of our rich history. Our mission, to improve the long-term profitability of our member-owners, is reflected in all we do. We strive to be the best agricultural cooperative system in North America, which is made possible through the dedication of our skilled and respected employees.​

 Guardian Security Services, a locally owned security company, founded in 1975 and has established itself as a leader in the security industry currently serving the most respected clients in the Chicagoland area.

Guardian Security is a premier security services provider, providing customized, cost-effective programs that exceed Client expectations. With our history of service excellence in providing customized security programs to commercial properties, corporate headquarters, public utilities, residential communities, financial institutions, college campuses and manufacturing facilities we are recognized as the security provider of choice. The cornerstone to our success is ensuring that our number one priority is client satisfaction.

As the "Community of Opportunity", Gurnee's municipal government structure provides full time police, fire, and public works services to 31,000 residents and over 100,000 visitors daily to our community.
Gurnee is home to Gurnee Mills, Six Flags Great America / Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and Key Lime Cove Resort and Indoor Water Park.  Gurnee is located between US Route 41 and Interstate 94, approximately 15 miles south of the Wisconsin state line, 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, and 15 minutes from Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
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Handylady Services is a woman-owned construction company. We created Handylady to bring focus to women in the construction industry. We specialize in residential and commercial construction. We offer services to government agencies, homeowners, investors, and anything in between.
Handylady is MBE, FBE, WOSB, and SDB certified company, with the ability to provide community development services and supplies to all federal agencies throughout the country, tribal states, and continental US.

As one of Peoria's premier employers, HGS USA is a global customer relationship management organization with its U.S. corporate office in Warrenville, IL. A provider of back office, customer support and CRM solutions by phone, e-mail, chat, and social media, HGS has grown consistently year over year and now has 51 centers located in 12 countries. Ranked as one of the top 100 Global Outsourcing Companies by the International Association of outsourcing Professionals, with multiple certifications such as Six Sigma, ISO 9001, 27001, HIPAA, GLBA, and PCI; HGS was recently awarded with eSCM-SP Level 4 Certification by the Information Technology Services Qualification Center (ITSqc), and is the only outsourcing corporation with Level 4 certification in multiple global locations.​

Holland has long been recognized for delivering the most next-day service lanes in its territory and annually records one of the lowest claim ratios in the industry. Founded in Holland, Mich., in 1929, Holland provides industry leading, on-time reliability for less-than-truckload shipments in the central and southeastern United States and in eastern Canada. Holland has been recognized by Logistics Management magazine with its Quest for Quality award for 30 consecutive years. For more information, visit​



Founded in 1890 as Armour Institute, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a private, independent, nonprofit, Ph.D.-granting research university with programs in engineering, science, architecture, business, law, design, human sciences, and applied technology. The Illinois Institute of Technology is a proud member of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium because we recognize that the skills learned during military service are transferrable and highly relevant to a career with our University.
Industria is a small Veteran Owned Construction Services firm delivering successful projects for the past 18 years. We are committed to Hiring Veterans First and recognize the value Veterans bring to our organization. We have pledged to post opportunities on Illinois Job Link and Heroes to Hired (H2H), sign the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support Program and utilize the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs for post-employment support.​

JA Frate Transportation Services is a full service transportation provider offering our customers a one stop solution to meet all their logistics needs.   We offer LTL, TL and Expedited services in the northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana tri-state area,  3rd party coverage to all of North America, as well as warehousing and storage.  We are focused on safety, quality and exceeding our customer’s expectations.

J.B. Hunt Transport, the industry leader in transportation and logistics, offers a variety of local and regional driving jobs within our dedicated, intermodal and truck operations. In fact, over 90% of our drivers are home either daily or weekly. In addition to frequent home time, our driving jobs feature strong annual earnings, comprehensive benefits and a 401(k) retirement plan with company-matched funds. Whether you're looking to get home daily with a local driving job or prefer a little more time on the open road with regional driving, you're sure to find your fit at J.B. Hunt. Our recent pledge to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years illustrates our commitment to your future in the civilian workforce. We look forward to welcoming you to the J.B. Hunt team soon​.

For over 30 years, Johnson Service Group has been a leader in the Staffing Services Industry. Our combination of National Branch Offices, along with a professional Account Management & Recruiting Team generate the timely support our clients have come to know and expect. JSG’s recruiters are equipped with one of the industries largest interactive databases. This begins with our own proprietary database which contains more than 400,000 candidate resumes. JSG has a proven track record in matching qualified personnel to our each of our clients’ individual specifications. Our talented staff is well versed in a wide variety of disciplines.

In 2011, JPMorgan Chase and ten other major employers launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission with the goal of collectively hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, the 100,000 Jobs Mission has grown to 87 companies and hired more than 28,000 veterans. JPMorgan Chase is focused on providing veterans tools for long-term career success after military service. Bridging the gap between military and civilian business cultures through education and training, the firm has developed Body Armor to Business Suits, an internal training program that helps new military-experienced employees assimilate into the firm. Another internal training program, Military 101, helps hiring managers and other non-military-experienced employees better understand veterans' backgrounds and the experiences they bring to the workplace.​


La Quinta helps brighten the day of our busy, practical, hardworking travelers and help them take care of their business or leisure travel needs. We provide the best hotel rooms, warmest hotel atmosphere and most courteous service in our market segment at every hotel, every night. La Quinta operates and provides franchise services with over 65,000 rooms in over 700 properties. There are locations in 46 states plus Canada and Mexico under the names La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inns & Suites. Based out of Dallas, Texas, over 9,000 employees nationwide work on the Bright Side.
Every team member plays a vital role in the success of our family and growth. We are not a conglomerate of hotels brands that make decisions with a panel of “experts”. We make an effort to know all our employees and help them grow through our training program. While we may be one of the largest owner-operators of hotels in North America, we are a family first. At La Quinta, we have a culture by which we are never satisfied. It doesn’t matter how well we have done something in the past or how well we may do it today, our goal is to continually improve.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children's Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130 year legacy of excellence, kids and their families are at the center of all we do. Lurie Children's is a dedicated member of the Illinois Hires Heroes consortium and we honor this effort by supporting the ESGR program, attending veteran-related job fairs and events, providing internal training to our staff, and committing to the Heroes to Hired and Illinois JobLink initiatives.​ ​

Manito-Transit-Logo.jpgManito Transit LLC relocated to Bloomington, IL in 2015, building on a 50-year history of success in the petroleum and liquid hauling distribution business.  We distribute fuel oil, bio diesel, soybean oil, ethanol, chemicals, lube oil, and fertilizer for farm, commercial, and industrial use.  Out fleet consists of 44 newer truck tractors as well as many newer liquid hauler trailers.  We service not only Illinois, but Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Ohio.  Our success in the liquid hauling business can be traced back to the decision to maintain excellent equipment for our drivers and to provide perfect service to our customers.​   

Headquartered out of Milwaukee, WI, Manpower is the global leader in temporary and permanent staffing solutions celebrating over 65 Years of "What's Humanly Possible". Our Waukegan, IL office has several employment opportunities in temporary, temp to hire and direct hire roles for warehouse, manufacturing and office related industries in northern Lake and McHenry Counties in Illinois. It is easy to apply on our website by activating an account with your online resume at so that we can assist in the placement into our clients’ job openings which include everything from large S&P 500 corporations to small and medium businesses. We look forward to supporting your job search.​   

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information, please visit​


McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 14,000 local restaurants serving nearly 69 million people every day. McDonald's values veterans' leadership skills and innovative thinking. Veterans play a key role in the success of McDonald's.​

MUTI was established by 2 employees in the year 2000, and originally began specializing in horizontal directional drilling and utility construction.
Mid-year 2000, MUTI entered into the communications tower industry by performing multi-site maintenance and full site construction. MUTI has extensive experience in the installation of tower foundations both mat and drilled shaft types, installation of access roads and site clearing, all types of excavation, tower erection, radio installations, multi-site tower maintenance/inspection, ground resistance testing and installation of full grounding systems​

As the largest natural gas provider in Illinois, Nicor Gas delivers natural gas safely and reliably to more than 2.2 million customers. This commitment to our customers is made possible by our team of more than 2,000 employees who are guided by our corporate values - integrity, honesty, dignity and respect, personal responsibility and teamwork.
At Nicor Gas, we recognize that the skills learned during military service are transferrable and highly relevant to a career with our company. We encourage military veterans to consider a career at Nicor Gas and utilize their leadership, ethics, discipline and organizational skills to deliver an American, abundant and affordable energy source to 646 northern Illinois communities.​

northernTrust.pngNorthern Trust is one of the world's leading asset management, asset servicing and banking firms, serving successful individuals, families and institutions around the globe. We provide trust, custody, investment management, and banking services to individual and institutional clients throughout the world. As of June 30, 2012, we have US$4.6 trillion in assets under custody and US$704 billion in assets under management. Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, has a network of offices in 18 U.S. states and has international offices in 16 locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.​
NU_Logo_purple.jpgNorthwestern University is a private research university located on lakefront campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago, Illinois.  Since its founding in 1851, Northwestern has grown into one of the nation’s premier research institutions. In fall 2008, Northwestern opened another campus in Doha, Qatar offering bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.    

The university employs approximately 7,100 full-time faculty and staff members among its 12 schools and colleges.  NU offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs to the almost 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled full time.

Northwestern University is also committed to identifying and implementing ways to create and support a diverse and inclusive campus community. We strive for a community that fosters personal and intellectual growth by bringing together faculty, students, and staff from different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences.

Pivotal_HomeSolutions_250px.gifPivotal Home Solutions offers a suite of warranty plans and home solutions for homeowners, landlords and renters against the expense and inconvenience of electrical, gas, water, sewer, major appliance and heating and cooling failures - critical systems and appliances that are typically not covered by basic homeowners insurance. Pivotal Home Solutions is a member of the AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) family of companies and we help homeowners in 17 states who hold more than 1.2 million service contracts with us. Central to these efforts is our award-winning J.D. Power Certified Call Center in Naperville, IL, which handles nearly one million calls a year, and a network of more than 700 highly-trained, professional service providers who offer annual checkups, 24-hour emergency repairs, scheduled maintenance and indoor air quality assessments.
At Pivotal Home Solutions, we recognize that the skills learned during military service are transferrable and highly relevant to a career with our company. We encourage military veterans to consider a career at Pivotal Home Solutions and utilize their leadership, ethics, discipline, technical and organizational skills to give homeowners peace of mind and added financial stability regarding their energy service delivery, systems and appliances.

 pnc_rgb_250px.jpgThe PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations with assets of $345 billion as of Dec. 31, 2014. PNC, operating primarily in 19 states and the District of Columbia, provides retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. 

Established in 1987 to advance the rent-to-own industry's highest state-wide ethical standards, the Illinois Rental Dealer Association (IRDA) is joining forces with the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO), the rent-to-own industry's national trade association. The partnership is in support of APRO's endeavor to hire 10,000 veterans nationwide. For its part, IRDA will list job openings on the Illinois Job Link and Heroes to Hired (H2H), sign the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's (ESGR) Statement of Support Program, and highlight the IRDA's military and veteran initiatives such as the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium on its website.​ 

Schneider is one of the nation’s largest, most-recognized employers of military personnel. We are proud to let our record speak for itself: 1) Ranked #8 GI Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers,  2) Named 2014 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) Winner by, 3) Top 35 Veteran Employer by, 4) HireVetsFirst employer ESGR (Employer Support for Guard & Reserve) 5-Star employer, 5) Sponsor of Enlisted Association of National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) Al Schneider Award, 6) Inaugural winner of the Department of Defense Freedom Award, & 7) Proud supporter of AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior Program).


Scholastic Corporation is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.
Scholastic distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and ​

Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) is a leading integrated retailer with over 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. Sears Holdings currently employs over 30,000 veterans and nearly 1,600 National Guardsman and Reservists. In addition to special veteran and military spouse employment programs, Sears "Heroes at Home" program has raised over $30 million dollars to help over 71,000 military families. SHC is currently supporting all the IHHC commitments and is proud to hire Illinois' veterans.​

At Takeda, we are determined to lead the change toward better health and a brighter future. For more than 230 years, our innovative medicines have been helping patients reclaim valuable moments of life from illness. Our robust product pipeline is focused on treating bone and joint disorders, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system disorders, respiratory and immunology disease, general medicine, oncology and infectious disease. Takeda’s culture fosters collaboration across the globe among ambitious individuals with a diverse set of skills and experiences. All Takeda employees are encouraged to continuously develop their skills and are fairly rewarded for the results they achieve. If you're a self-motivated individual who thrives in an energetic and team-first environment, join us in our mission to provide quality pharmaceuticals to people worldwide.


tribune_250px.jpgHeadquartered in Itasca, IL, with a satellite office downtown Chicago, TransTech IT Staffing is a leading provider of contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire services of IT professionals. 


The industries we work with include: healthcare, insurance, finance, state and local government, and banking. Our reputation is built on our ability to offer a wealth of recruiting experience and expertise, a vast network of candidates, and an unwavering commitment to building strong and lasting relationships with our clients, the consultants we place, and the professional communities in which we a diversified media company committed to delivering innovative experiences across all platforms. At the heart of our portfolio are ten major local news and information media groups, a broad array of niche publications and best-in-class digital and marketing services and solutions that connect marketers with our audiences.

tribune_250px.jpg​Tri-County Electric Cooperative has been committed to providing our member-owners with safe, adequate and and reliable electric service, superior customer service and innovative energy solutions, all at reasonable prices.Tri-County Electric Cooperative has been committed to providing our member-owners with safe, adequate and and reliable electric service, superior customer service and innovative energy solutions, all at reasonable prices.​

The not-for-profit cooperative was incorporated in 1938 to provide electric service to residents in the rural areas of Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties in Southern Illinois.
tribune_250px.jpgTribune Publishing Company is a diversified media company committed to delivering innovative experiences across all platforms. At the heart of our portfolio are ten major local news and information media groups, a broad array of niche publications and best-in-class digital and marketing services and solutions that connect marketers with our audiences.

Headquartered in McCook, IL, Tru Vue sets the standard in high-performance glass and acrylic products that enhance and protect.  ​

We are a company where you can have an impact from day one. It is small enough to feel entrepreneurial, but large enough to provide significant support and resources. As a Tru Vue employee, you will have many opportunities to expand your skills and knowledge through hands-on experience as well as formal training and development programs. You will work with a team that believes in our products and is passionate about customer service. We take pride in having the best talent in the industry. If you are flexible, self-motivated, and care about customers; please consider joining our team.


United_250px.jpgUL is an internationally recognized safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Founded in 1894, at the introduction of electricity, UL has a long history of commitment to promoting safe working and living environments for all people. UL certifies tests, inspects, advises and educates globally to bring solutions to a complex supply chain. Our employees are the strength of our company and they are as diverse as the global community of customers we serve. In the United States we are proud to recruit and hire veterans who have bravely served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms and to enable UL to be a global symbol of trust to help provide peace of mind to all. ​

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 36 new Boeing aircraft and welcome the E175 aircraft to United Express. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit or follow United on Twitter and Facebook​.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a major research university in the heart of one of the world's greatest cities and strives to provide a world-class education for its students. We are committed to creating and disseminating new knowledge as a university of growing national and international stature.

As the largest university in the Chicago area, UIC has 27,580 students, 15 colleges-including the nation's largest medical school-and annual research expenditures exceeding $335 million. UIC operates the state's major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois' physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals.

A truly global institution, more than a third of UIC students speak English as a second language. UIC's student body-approximately 61 percent undergraduate and 39 percent graduate and professional-is recognized as one of the nation's most diverse. We consider this one of our greatest strengths.​

 At Verizon, we're bringing powerful technology to people all over the world. From transforming the way businesses operate to revolutionizing the way individuals communicate and access data, our innovative solutions are making an impact on a global scale. Verizon is a proud member of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium and we demonstrate our commitment through internal training, utilizing​ and offering the pay differential to National Guard and Reservists when they are activated for duty.