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Illinoisans react to bin Laden death

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A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheers Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheers Sunday, May 1, 2011, upon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta
Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Pablo Martinez Monsivais

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinoisans who lost family members on Sept. 11, 2001, and in subsequent wars overseas have mixed reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Fifty-nine-year-old Barb Pemberton's sister died in the World Trade Center. She tells The Chicago Tribune she couldn't believe it, especially since it's been so long since the attacks.

George Talhami of Niles lost his brother in the World Trade Center. He tells Chicago's WBBM Radio that the al-Qaida leader's death has opened old wounds and he's questioning why the body was disposed of so quickly.

The president of a Chicago Muslim advocacy group hopes bin Laden's death is the end of a dark era.

The president of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago hopes there's justice for victims and closure for their families.

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