Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission
FY2009 Annual Report
“The Miner’s Homecoming”
by Charles J. Mulligan
The sculpture commemorates the 1909 Cherry mine fire, one of the country’s worst mining disasters.
It killed 259 men and boys, left 465 children without fathers, and prompted the enactment of the first
workers’ compensation law in Illinois. The word “home” on the pedestal evokes the goal that every
person will return home safe and whole after a day at work.