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Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium 



The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium (IHHC) is a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and who thus operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement a series of 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 Illinois Department of Employment Security (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 and will be allowed to use the Illinois Hires Heroes logo to market themselves as veteran-friendly. Businesses can take the pledge at or contact IDVA or IDES for further information.

Download Program Overview and FAQs: IHHC Summary and FAQs [1-21-2015] (PDF, 190 KB)


Consortium Commitment Options


Members commit to at least one initiative in each of the following categories:


Recruiting Practices


1. List job openings on Illinois Job Link and on the by the National Labor Exchange.

2. List job openings on Illinois Job Link and participate in at least two state-sponsored veteran hiring events  in a calendar year.

3. List job openings on Illinois Job Link and utilize employment resources available through Illinois Joining    Forces

4. List job openings on Illinois Job Link and establish relationships between your company’s Illinois Hiring Managers and IDES’s Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs).


Human Resources Training


5. Participate in the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s HR training on the value of hiring veterans and best practices in veteran recruitment, training, and retention practices.  Alternate training options include those furnished by Operation Employ Veterans by Easter Seals, America’s Heroes at Work by the U.S. Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service, and/or Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

6. Participate in the U.S. Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service’s “USERRA 101” and “USERRA 102” online training modules.

     USERRA 101 Basic Web-Based

     USERRA 102 Advanced Web-Based

7. Participate in at least one of the three employer training webinars available through Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, or participate in at least one training webinar available through The Value Of a Veteran.

8. Sign the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support.


Retention & Support Practices


9. Highlight, on company media and web-based platforms, veteran hiring/employment support programs and  initiatives on a recognizable tab/page for quick/efficient access.

10. Establish/promote an employee affinity group and/or corporate mentorship program for military veterans.

11. Utilize the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or National Able for post-employment support to assist  veterans overcome their particular challenges.

12. Pay National Guard and Reserve members the differential between their normal wage and their National Guard wage when they are activated for duty.


IHHC Standards of Use

IHHC Standards of Use -- For the exclusive use of IHHC Members.  Please abide by the following guidelines to ensure brand integrity and consistency when utilizing the IHHC Member Logo.  For questions, please contact the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at (312) 814-5538. 

        IHHC Chronicle

        THE IHHC CHRONICLE is a quarterly distribution from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to deliver exclusive opportunities, news and information to members of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium (IHHC).