These records may be of interest if you are a surviving Illinois WWI vet, or are the descendant of an Illinois WWI vet:
ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES, SPRINGFIELD, IL
RECORD GROUP 503.000 - SERVICE RECOGNITION BOARD (WORLD WAR I).
The General Assembly created the Service Recognition Board in 1921 to provide compensation to World War I veterans or their survivors. The board, which consisted of the Governor, the State Treasurer, and the Adjutant General, was given general control of the administration of payments (L. 1921, p. 66). A bond issue for the financing of bonus payments was approved by the voters in 1922 and the General Assembly appropriated funds for the payments in 1923 (L. 1923, p. 92). In 1925 the General Assembly amended this compensation act to include the beneficiaries of veterans who had died while in active service, regardless of the number of days that such military or naval personnel had served in the armed forces (L. 1925, p. 25). The General Assembly abolished the Service Recognition Board in 1927 and transferred all its records to the Adjutant General (L. 1927, p. 110). The Adjutant General retained these records until 1955 when the General Assembly directed them to be deposited at the State Archives (L. 1955, p. 1069). Access to these records is restricted according to the provisions of L. 1955, p. 1069 and the Freedom of Information Act (P.A. 83-1013).
RECORD GROUP 503.001- WORLD WAR I BONUS APPLICATIONS FROM VETERANS AND
BENEFICIARIES. 1923-1927. 459 cu. ft. Index (RS 503.002).
Applications for World War I bonus payments were submitted to the Service Recognition Board by veterans and their beneficiaries. Files are arranged alphabetically by applicant surname and contain applications for bonus payments, proofs of service, affidavits, and correspondence concerning claims.
Bonus applications from veterans include claim number, veteran's name, rank, place and date of birth, mailing address at time of application, and residence prior to entry into service; whether absent from Illinois for any part of year prior to entry into service; purpose of any absence; date and place of enlistment; membership, if any, in reserve forces; address given at time of registration with Selective Service; if not registered, reason; military units assigned to and dates of service; veteran's citizenship status at time of entry into service; name of former country, if naturalized; time and place veteran received naturalization papers; whether veteran ever refused to enter service on conscientious or political grounds; place and date of discharge from service; place listed for travel pay after separation from service; place of voting and paying any poll tax prior to service; names and addresses of spouse or parents and employer prior to service; if student, name of school enrolled in; whether veteran applied to another state for World War I bonus; if so, name of state, disposition of claim, and reason for denial if denied; whether application disapproved; and signature of veteran.
Each beneficiary application includes beneficiary's name and address; relationship to deceased veteran; name of deceased veteran; date, place, and circumstances surrounding veteran's death; names and addresses of parents; names, addresses, and birth dates of veteran's brothers, sisters, and children; whether veteran made a service allotment and name of recipient of allotment; and if the veteran had war-risk insurance, the name of the beneficiary.
Files also include such documents as birth, marriage, death, and discharge certificates; enlistment records and affidavits giving names and addresses of veteran's employers and dates of employment; date and place of voting after service; and circumstances that brought veteran to Illinois.
A substantial portion of these records was damaged or destroyed in a fire at the State Arsenal in 1934. For a complete listing of bonus applications, see RG 503.002 below.
RECORD GROUP 503.002- ABSTRACT OF WORLD WAR I BONUS APPLICATIONS. 1923-1927. 7 cu. ft.
Card file abstracts information contained in World War I bonus application files (RS 503.001). An index card for each bonus application includes name and address of applicant (i.e., veteran or beneficiary), claim number, number of days in active service, and amount and date of bonus payment. If beneficiary application, card also indicates the name of the deceased veteran. These cards include information from all bonus applications including those that were destroyed in a fire at the State Arsenal in 1934.
RECORD GROUP 503.003- SCHEDULES OF VOUCHERS FOR WORLD WAR I BONUS PAYMENTS. Ca. 1923-1924. 11 cu. ft. No index.
Schedules are of vouchers transmitted from the Service Recognition Board to the Auditor of Public Accounts for payment of bonus claims. Schedules are arranged numerically by Auditor's warrant number and include date schedule was transmitted; name, address, and claim number of each payee (i.e., veteran or beneficiary); number of days in service; total amount due; cash amount paid; and total amount paid for each schedule.