Every Independence Day, Illinoisans hear the cracking sound of fireworks followed by bursts of color lighting up their neighborhood. But despite this pastime’s popularity, a statewide ban on fireworks remains in place in Illinois. In fact, the Prairie State is one of the four most restrictive states in the nation for the sale and possession of consumer fireworks with violations carrying a class A misdemeanor, a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail time.
Illinoisans flock to border states to purchase fireworks every year, supporting out-of-state businesses and handing tax revenue over to neighboring state governments. Indiana has generated approximately $2.5 million in additional annual revenue since relaxing its fireworks laws.
It’s time to repeal the ban on fireworks in Illinois and bring light to the dark prairie skies. Sign the petition to ask your lawmaker to repeal the ban on fireworks.