Upcoming Events
Thu., 5/25: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #3 (Peoria, IL)
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Sat., 6/3: Joliet Library Star Wars Day (8) (Joliet, IL)
Welcome to this years Joliet Library and Joliet Historical Museums Worlds Largest Public Library's Star Wars Day 8.

Fri., 6/23: McLean Co Relay 4 Life (Normal, IL)
For the 13th year we have been asked to participate in the McLean County Relay 4 Life.

Sun., 7/2: Bartlett 4th of July Parade (Bartlett, IL)
This is our 15th year for attending this parade.

Wed., 7/19: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #4 (Peoria, IL)
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7/22: Fire Up A Cure (Chicago, IL)

9/21: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #5 (Peoria, IL)

11/21: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #6 (Peoria, IL)

 
Legion News
501st Legion 2016 Charity Report!
https://www.501st.com/charity/charitypromo2016sq.jpg The 501st Legion is also known as the "Bad Guys Doing Good," and our passion for charity in our communities continues to grow! In 2016, we saw a 50% increase in direct...

Celebrating Star Wars in Orlando
https://www.501st.com/celebration/Star-Wars-Celebration-Death-Star.jpg It?s the 20th Anniversary of the 501st Legion, and we?re inviting fellow fans to celebrate with us as Star Wars Celebration returns to Orlando, Florida! From...

Troopers That Go the Extra Parsec
Today, I would like to honor eight 501st Legion members from around the world for their great deeds. In 2016, the 501st Legion set up an endowment with both Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International - the first endowment to bridge both...

Carrie Fisher 1956 - 2016
The 501st Legion honors actress, author, and Honorary Member, Carrie Fisher. Carrie was a friend and hero to the 501st, sharing her famous wit and charm with our members countless times over the years. Carrie's untimely departure was a blow to the...

"Never Tell Her The Odds"
Kathlyn Chassey is a 24-year-old Star Wars fan battling Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening lung disease. Her condition has progressed to the point where she will not survive without a lung transplant. After being initially denied her life-saving...

A Fine Start
If you?re reading this, we probably owe you a lot of thanks. Over the past six weeks we have promoted our first public t-shirt sale in support of Make-A-Wish, and we have been continually shocked, humbled, and overwhelmed with the show of support...

501st Make-A-Wish T-Shirt Fundraiser Begins
The 501st is breaking new ground to support the 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. To raise funds for Make-A-Wish, we have opened our t-shirt sales to the public for the first time. Now you can show your support for Make-A-Wish by buying your...

Introducing The 501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund
The 501st Legion announces today our commitment to a first-of-its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make?A?Wish: The 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. This endowment fund intends to empower Make-A-Wish to grant...

Walk This Way
A newly-formed 501st Legion squad has been deployed in the Louisville, KY area just in time for this weekend?s FandomFest . Derby City Squad has hit the ground running on their debut event and rolled out a completed AT-ST walker, affectionately...

A Busy Weekend
-- Incoming Transmission from 501st Legion New England Garrison: Wow! Talk about a busy weekend! The New England Garrison, which represents the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island is coming off what may have been...

 
Neighboring Units
Wisconsin Garrison
Wisconsin

Bloodfin Garrison
Indiana

Midsouth Garrison
Kentucky & Tennessee

Central Garrison
N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, & Iowa

70th Explorers Garrison
Kansas & Missouri

Northern Darkness Garrison
Northern 22 counties of Indiana

Nar Shadaa Base
Rebel Legion - Wisconsin & Illinois

 
Garrison News
Welcome new recruits RC-45554 and TK-67708
By Avatar190 on May 15, 2017 at 5:04 PM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our two newest members to the ranks. Peter Lewis RC-45554 {left} and Benjamin Stover TK-67708 {right}.

Troopers, report for duty!


Midwest Garrison inducts Troy Baker as Honorary Member
By Avatar190 on May 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM.


During last month's C2E2 convention, Midwest Garrison had the honor of inducting Troy Baker in the 501st Legion as an Honorary Member. Troy is known as voice actor of various Star Wars video games (notably Kul Teska from Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes and Theron Shan from Star Wars: The Old Republic, among others).


Welcome new recruit TK-60151
By Avatar190 on May 4, 2017 at 7:37 PM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our newest member to the ranks, Todd Roesner (TK-60151).

Trooper, report for duty!


Welcome new recruit DZ-43017
By Avatar190 on May 1, 2017 at 10:24 AM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our newest member to the ranks, Tommy Rosy (DZ-43017).

Trooper, report for duty!


C2E2 2017
By Avatar190 on Apr 30, 2017 at 8:28 PM.


Another successful C2E2 is in the books for Midwest Garrison. Congratulations to Eric Werner (TK-41551) for doing a fantastic job organizing the 3 day event for us. Members of the Midwest Garrison were joined by Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base, the Mandalorian Mercs and Galactic Academy, greeting many happy faces of the convention attendees. A great was had by all...we made a lot of new people interested in joining our ranks. A successful Droid Hunt was run, with many excellent prizes given out to the drawing winners. Many thanks to everyone working the booths for the convention...it could not have been done without the teamwork of all involved.
Group photo by Matthew Crowley Photography.


Welcome new recruits TI-42975, TK-29610, TI-41986 & TI-72979
By Avatar190 on Apr 10, 2017 at 8:29 PM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our four newest members to the ranks. From left to right: Sean Crockett (TI-42975), Juan Martinez (TK-29610), William Quayle (TI-41986), Nate Troxel (TI-72979).

Troopers, report for duty!


Welcome new recruits TK-26991 and ID-45219
By Avatar190 on Apr 1, 2017 at 2:06 PM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our two newest members to the ranks. Jack Simonds TK-26991 {left} and Randy Ingram ID-45219 {right}.

Troopers, report for duty!


Star Wars Celebration Orlando coming in April
By Avatar190 on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:25 AM.


It's the 20th Anniversary of the 501st Legion, and we're inviting fellow fans to celebrate with Midwest Garrison, and other 501st Legion groups, as Star Wars Celebration returns to Orlando, Florida!

From April 13-16, 2017, the Orange County Convention Center will be home to the year's largest assembly of scum and villainy, and the 501st is hosting a number of special events for the occasion.

Aside from amazing photo opportunities with thousands of characters, sets, and props, there will also be discussion panels, interactive games, and even an Easter Egg hunt! So, if you happen to be headed down to Orlando, Florida during Easter, visit http://www.501st.com/celebration for more details on our activities and panels.

Special thanks to Nissan as our Platinum Level Sponsor for Celebration Orlando.


Adler After Dark: Geek Chic V
By Avatar190 on Mar 21, 2017 at 11:43 PM.


A fun time was had by all at the Adler Planetarium on March 16th for Geek Chic V. 501st Legion: Midwest Garrison was joined by Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base, as well as other galactic inhabitants like Klingon Language Institute and Dalek Nigel, as we posed for photos and interacted with the many visitors (dressed in their favorite Sci-fi theme). Time Crash Band provided the musical entertainment for the evening. Great change of pace troop and evening!


Brave the Shave 2017
By Avatar190 on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:17 AM.


Shout out to TK-10045, DZ-13140, BH-3499, TK-13132, TI-31276 and all the troopers who supported them, as they "Braved the Shave" raising over $1500 for the fight against kids cancer at various St. Baldrick's events this past weekend. Way to go Troopers!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. They coordinate their signature head-shaving events and other fundraisers, giving thousands of volunteers worldwide a chance to raise money to support lifesaving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting pediatric cancer research.

Donations are still gladly accepted at https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/VadersFist