On the eve of our nation’s Independence Day, keep in mind: there are no kinds of fireworks that are legal in Illinois. The only “fireworks” that are legal – aren’t actually fireworks – and even some of those are outlawed locally. “Those are sparklers, snake or glow worms, smoke bombs, noisemakers – those are legal to those in the City of Galesburg. “Galesburg Fire Marshal Randy Hovind said. “In 2001, that’s when we made (sparklers illegal). Things like fountains, comets, anything like firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, anything that’s handheld – those are illegal in the state. So you can’t have those at all.” The Pyrotechnic Use Act in Illinois bans the sale, possession, and use of all “consumer fireworks.” Violating the law can result in up to 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine. But when lighting even the novelty fireworks keep some safety tips in mind: do not allow children to handle fireworks, never consume drugs or alcohol when using fireworks, never hold a firework that is not meant to be held, light only one firework at a time, and never re-light a firework that does not go off.
Hunters in Illinois harvested fewer deer over the seven-day firearm hunting season compared to last year.
The District 304 School Board approved pursuing a $50,000 maintenance grant funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Two people were transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg with unknown injuries following a two-vehicle traffic collision in northwestern Warren County.
Information is going out to parents regarding traffic pattern changes coming around Hedding Grade School in the A-Town School District.