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UNSUNG HERO: Flags for Veterans Video included

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BENTON -- A Benton woman shows her gratitude toward Veterans through a simple act of kindness. She buys U.S. flags and marks every grave with them twice a year.

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UNSUNG HERO: Elverado High School students form a band Video included

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ELKVILLE -- A Jackson County math teacher is using his musical skills to inspire school spirit and community pride.

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UNSUNG HERO: William Grafton's Veterans Breakfast Video included

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STEELVEVILLE --  In this week's Unsung Hero, a Randolph County Science teacher is making a difference with his students and his staff. Every year, William Grafton puts on a big breakfast for our nation's heroes around Veterans Day. 

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UNSUNG HERO: Greg Poole Video included

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BENTON -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Franklin County man turns his love for Sports into a way to help his community. The Benton native said one of his childhood teachers taught him a lesson on giving that really hit home. Now, he's made it his mission to be there for others. 

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UNSUNG HERO: The Elle Project gives hope to sick kids

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MARION -- In this week's Unsung Hero, one Williamson County mother pays it forward by turning her pain into her passion. Gymnastic Coach Christi Kearns is collecting items for her "Hope Bags" to give out sick children in the hospital before Christmas. 

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UNSUNG HERO: Mt. Vernon teacher gives away formal gowns to students in need

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SCHELLER -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Jefferson County teacher is making dreams come true by giving teenage girls a night to remember.

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UNSUNG HERO: Master gardner volunteers at Vienna Grade School

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WSIL -- A Master Gardner is lending her green thumb to students at Vienna Grade School. While learning about horticulture they developed a passion for the lifestyle and a love for their special teacher.

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UNSUNG HERO: Mcleansboro Fire Department rescue

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MCLEANSBORO -- In this week's Unsung Hero, members of the McLeansboro Fire Department are being recognized for their heroic actions while battling a dangerous fire.

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UNSUNG HERO: JC Manna Mission

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JOHNSTON CITY -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Johnston City not-for-profit has been making a difference in the community for the last 20 years. 

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As teenager Abby Schuhardt fights a rare disease, the community works to help with medical expenses.

UNSUNG HERO: Goreville high school students become Angel's for Abby

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GOREVILLE -- In this week's Unsung Hero, a Johnson County Church is thanking Goreville High School students for helping them raise money for a local family. As teenager Abby Schuhardt fights a rare disease, the community works to help with medical expenses. 

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UNSUNG HERO: The Alzheimer's Association and its local volunteers

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MARION -- A Marion couple is saying thank you to the Alzheimer's Association and it's local volunteers for being there after their diagnosis. Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death here in the United State's and more than 220,000 people in Illinois are living with the disease. 

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