(SPRINGFIELD) Authorities throughout Illinois are again reminded residents of the state to be extra cautious during July 4th. The Illinois Department of Public Health says at least 2,000 people statewide have been injured by fireworks over the last decade and that number includes a record 349 people hurt by fireworks last year, in 2017. This, even though fireworks are illegal in Illinois. Health officials report Illinois hospitals treated sixteen (16) dismemberment or amputation injuries in peak summertime months last year as a result of fireworks, well above 2015’s six (6) cases. State officials encourage everyone in the state to simply attend a local fireworks display which is ran and operated by those licensed to do so locally.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois experienced its 11th warmest and 14th wettest June on record, according to the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign. The statewide average temperature for the thirty (30) days and nights was 75.0 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal. The number of days that hit 90 degrees or higher was about half the month in downstate Illinois. The statewide average precipitation for last month was 6.36 inches, 2.15 inches above normal. The greatest monthly total precipitation for June in Illinois was 14.58 inches in Rockford while some areas of downstate Illinois received less than 3 inches of rain last month.