Gov. Pat Quinn was joined by Illinois schoolchildren at the James R. Thompson Center to light the state of Illinois' holiday tree and launch the annual Illinois Heroes holiday card drive.
Wounded Illinois service members in Germany will get a visit this week from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
The governor leaves Monday night for his annual trip to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany with handmade holiday cards in tow from school children across the state.
The governor also will host a dinner for 18 Illinois service members stationed in Germany. Quinn began the tradition seven years ago while he was lieutenant governor.
Before he leaves, he'll sign legislation at 1:30 p.m. to waive the college degree requirement for Illinois service members to take the test for state police officer after their return from Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also is asking for Hero Miles, donations of frequent-flier miles, to those who can't afford the trip to visit injured family members.