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Illinois National Guard members return home from nation’s Capitol

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A C-130H Hercules carrying Soldiers and Airmen with the Illinois National Guard arrives at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 26, 2021, from a mobilization to Washington, D.C. The service members were part of the 26,000 U.S. National Guardsmen activated to provide support to the 59th presidential inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)
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Military police with the Springfield-based 233rd Military Police Company, Illinois Army National Guard, disembark a KC-135 Stratotanker after arriving at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 26, 2021, from a mobilization to Washington, D.C., Illinois Army National Guard, disembark a KC-135 Stratotanker after arriving at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., Jan. 26, 2021, from a mobilization to Washington, D.C. The soldiers were part of the 26,000 U.S. National Guardsmen activated to provide support to the 59th presidential inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

(WEEK) -- The Illinois National Guard members who were deployed to the nation's Capitol to assist with President Joe Biden's inauguration have returned back to the state.

According to the Guard's Facebook account, the members returned home Tuesday night.

The Illinois National Guard was part of a larger force including other states' National Guards, which totaled about 25,000 members.

The Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who supported the Presidential Inauguration returned to Illinois last night.

Posted by Illinois National Guard on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Guard members departed to Washington, D.C. on January 14 to assist local law enforcement agencies.

The deployment was usual protocol, according to Guard member Jacob Moushon, but the security issue this year was elevated after a mob overtook the Capitol building one week prior to Inauguration Day in an attempt to stop the Electoral Vote certification process.

No major protests were reported at the Capitol at Biden's inauguration.

Drew Veskauf

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