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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named his former general counsel to serve on the Illinois Racing Board. Rauner announced Friday he appointed Jason Barclay of Hinsdale to the board, which regulates horse racing and wagering. The position pays about $12,500 per year. Rauner says Barclay served on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission prior to moving to Illinois, where he was the top lawyer for the governor's office before leaving for the private sector.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says duck boats aren't designed for commercial recreational use. James Hall said Saturday that the boat's design makes the World War II-era vessels prone to the kind of accidents that led to the sinking of a duck boat Thursday on a Missouri lake. The sinking killed 17 people. Hall says he doesn't believe there's a way to make the amphibious vessels safe, particularly in bad weather.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable positions. The amendment to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act requires law enforcement agencies "to make all reasonable efforts to assist" Department of Children and Family Services workers when requested. The legislation was introduced in February, a week after DCFS worker Pamela Knight died from injuries suffered when attacked as she was trying to take a child into protective custody.

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.

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