- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Court reporters in western Illinois are stepping up to record, not legal proceedings, but history itself.

The Quincy Herald-Whig (https://bit.ly/1cvnq9I) reports that court reporters from the 8th Judicial District are volunteering for five days to take down war stories of area veterans.

It’s part of a Library of Congress program called the “Veterans History Project.” It seeks to preserve for posterity the accounts of war by veterans nationwide. World War II veterans will be the first priority.

The court reporters will sit down with veterans, transcribe their stories and then send copies to the Library of Congress and the Illinois State Library in Springfield.

Linda Snyder is an Adams County court reporter and she’s volunteering. She asserts every veteran’s story is important and “every story needs to be told.”

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