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Illinois Hires Heroes

Illinois Hires Heroes - Have you hired a veteran?

Governor Quinn, 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.

An initiative of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, 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 publicly recognized by Governor Pat Quinn and will be allowed to use the Illinois Hires Heroes logo to market themselves as veteran-friendly.

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Participating Employers

Employer Company Description
AAR Aerospace 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.
accenture - High performance. Delivered. 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.

We are the Good Hands: We help people realize their hopes and dreams through products and services designed to protect them from life's uncertainties and to prepare them for the future.

The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America. Allstate was founded in 1931 and became a publicly traded company in 1993. As of year-end 2012, Allstate had $127 Billion in total assets. In 2012, Allstate was number 93 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies in America.

Atlas Logo Atlas Tool & Die is a 4th generation manufacturing company in Chicago's Southwest Suburbs. Atlas has committed to recruiting veterans through, training its staff via ESGR and participating in veteran affinity group programs through IDVA. To learn more about Atlas, click on their logo to the left.
AT&T Logo 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.
Bridgeview Bank Mortgage Company, LLC (BBMC) is a full-service lending subsidiary offering a complete line of residential mortgage, refinancing and specialty loans. We employ a knowledgeable staff of experienced mortgage bankers with an operations team that is second to none. By constantly updating our loan programs and pricing based on market patterns, BBMC can ensure that we deliver extremely competitive rates combined with optimal mortgage structuring.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel 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.

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.
Cleary Building Corp. 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.
Deloitte. 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.
ECOLAB 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 experience 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.
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!

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.

Handylady Services is a woman- owned construction company. We created Handylady to bring focus to women in the construction indurstry. 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.

Industria Logo 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.
JPMorganChase 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.
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago 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 IllinoisJobLink initiatives.
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 - Sabre Industries Telecom Services

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 656 northern Illinois communities.

PC Mall logo PC Mall, Inc. is a leading value added direct marketer of technology products, services and solutions to businesses, government and educational institutions and individual consumers. We go to market through our dedicated sales force of over 700 account executives. We also offer our products, services and solutions through our field service teams, various direct marketing techniques and retail stores. Since our founding in 1987, we have served our customers by offering them multi-branded solutions from leading brands including HP, Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and Lenovo. Career opportunities will be listed on Illinois JobLink as well as Heroes to Hired portals. We are committed to Veteran hiring as evidenced by onsite training, signing the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support Program, and hosting onsite Career Fairs open to all Veterans.

Pivotal 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.

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
Sears Holding Logo 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.
RDA logo 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.
Metal Works Quality Float Works, Inc. meets customer's needs with the premier metal float balls in the industry. Our floats are engineered to the most exacting standards and built with the know-how of skilled craftsmen with years of experience. Quality Float Works, Inc seeks to recruit veterans using, hire veterans by learning about military skills translation via IDES and we retain our veterans by offering a corporate mentorship program.
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.
Verizon logo 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.