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Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the US, is one step closer to becoming a saint more than a century after his death His family escaped to Quincy, Illinois,where he worked in a tobacco factory and enrolled in Catholic school, which sparked his interest in becoming a priest He went on to study in Rome because he was rejected from seminary schools in the US for being black Father Augustus Tolton, who served in Illinois in the late 1800s, was exhumed from St. Peter's Cemetery in Quincy on Saturday as part of the long process of being canonized. Tolton was born in 1854 as a slave in Missouri before his family escaped to Illinois. Comment?
Of two dozen veterans who have been tested since reports of new cases in July, 21 have come back negative, officials said A third new case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed at a western Illinois veterans' home, according to state officials. The case comes following an outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy last year that killed 12 people and sickened 54. The directors of the Illinois departments of veterans' affairs and public health said in a statement on Thursday that three residents have tested positive for the disease, including two who state officials announced were sickened last month. Comment?
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