(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Museum will present a major new exhibit in celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, which will feature rare and rarely-seen artifacts. The “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibit will open with a special reception this Friday night, June 29, from 5:30 to 7:30. Free and open to the public, the reception will include complimentary soft drinks, light appetizers, music, and more. Those interesting in attending should RSVP by calling 217-782-0909 or by emailing Leslie.Cline@illinois.gov. Otherwise, the exhibit will be featured at the Museum in Springfield through next February 3rd during regular hours of operation. Check the Museum’s website for more information.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding everyone to be extra safe over the next week to ten days when it comes to fireworks while celebrating Independence Day 2018. While the Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores, or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the State DNR. Furthermore, hand held fireworks, including fire crackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets are not approved for sale or use in Illinois and those in violation could face court time and heavy monetary fines. With that said, everyone is encouraged to attend a local fireworks display sponsored by a local organization and/or group that is licensed to do so safely. The IDNR currently has 2,306 individuals licensed for the use of explosives in Illinois, 92 of which are for display fireworks.
(MARION) A longtime Ohio River ferry will continue operating between Illinois and Kentucky this summer as officials work on long-term options. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry had faced shutting down by this Sunday, July 1st, because of funding issues for the service that links Illinois and Kentucky. The Southern Illinoisan reports the two state transportation agencies are providing money to keep the privately operated ferry going for the next three months to limit disruptions to summer travelers. Officials say some of the funds are needed to meet current safety regulations. The ferry carries an average of 500 vehicles per day.