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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Around 40 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers based in Peoria have returned home from Afghanistan. A Friday statement from the Illinois National Guard said the soldiers made their way back to the state over the last two weeks. They are from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment. Its soldiers were mobilized to Afghanistan last August. Some soldiers operated out of Bagram Airfield and others from the Kandahar Airfield.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A mosaic mural in western Illinois that once caused controversy for its depiction of a freed black slave is at risk of being destroyed. The Edwardsville mural in the old City Hall building originally featured a freed slave with ropes dangling from his wrists. It was changed about 30 years ago to feature a farmer with a hoe over his shoulder after public backlash. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that officials have approved a developer's plan to buy and demolish the facility.
CHICAGO (AP) - The family of another veteran who died after contracting Legionnaires' disease at an Illinois veterans' home is suing the state for negligence. WBEZ reports it's the 12th lawsuit to arise from a series of Legionnaires' outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans Home. The disease has been linked to 14 deaths at the home since 2015. Valdemar "Roy" Dehn was an 88-year-old Koren War veteran who died in October. Matthew Dehn says his father wasn't told about the outbreak when he moved into the home in 2016.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - An Indiana woman whose nine family members were killed when a Missouri duck boat sank says the last thing she heard before a huge wave swept over them was her sister-in-law yelling, "Grab the baby!" Tia Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew were the only survivors out of the 11 family members who set off on the tourist boat Thursday night. Coleman's husband and three children were among those killed.
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