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 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 Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the 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 can join the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium by applying at:

Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium.

If there are any questions, feel free to contact the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA) or the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) at:

Consortium Commitment Options

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

 Recruiting Practices

  • List job openings on Illinois Job Link and participate in any of the state sponsored hiring event or Hiring Heroes events held at various dates throughout the year.

 Human Resources Training

  • Participate in the Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service's "USERRA 101" and "USERRA 102" online training modules.

Retention & Support Practices

           and highlight, on company media and web-based platforms, veteran

           hiring/employment support programs and initiatives on a recognizable tab/page.                       

  • Utilize the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 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.


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) 814-3355.

Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium -- Logo Usage and Guidelines (PDF, 145KB)