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Hires Heroes Consortium 


The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium 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.

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 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: Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium - Detailed View(PDF, 339KB)

Consortium Commitments

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

Recruiting Practices

  • List job openings on and on the Heroes to Hired (H2H) job websites.
  • List job openings on and participate in at least 2 state-sponsored veteran hiring events in a calendar year.
  • List job openings on and become an Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Partner.

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Human Resources Training

  • Participate in the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s training regarding military-to-civilian skills and lexicon translation.  Alternate delivery options include training furnished by Operation Employ Veterans by Easter Seals, America’s Heroes at Work by the Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service, and/or Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
  • Participate in the Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service’s “USERRA 101” and “USERRA 102” online training modules.
  • Sign the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support.

Retention & Support Practices

  • Highlight on company media and web-based platforms veteran hiring/employment support programs and initiatives on a recognizable tab/page for quick/efficient access.
  • Establish/promote an employee affinity group and/or corporate mentorship program for military veterans.
  • Utilize the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or National Able for post-employment support to assist veterans overcome their particular challenges.
  • Pay National Guard and Reserve members the differential between their normal wage and their National Guard wage when they are activated for duty.