State officials now say at least 1,500 homes were destroyed or badly damaged in Illinois as federal storm-damage assessors began work in the state. Patti Thompson is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She says that figure will almost certainly rise after Sunday's tornadoes. Officials also said say 22 tornadoes touched down around the state. Six people were killed. Thompson says Federal Emergency Management Agency workers started assessing damage in towns such as Washington this afternoon. But some signs of normal life started to today. Washington Community High School District Superintendent James Dunnan says about two-thirds of the school's 1,175 students came back to school when it re-opened today.
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