Illinois governments must apply for July 4 fireworks permits 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is reminding municipal government officials who want to light up the July 4th night sky to apply for a permit by Thursday. The fire marshal says state law requires government bodies to have a pyrotechnic distributor license to be able to hire operators for their Independence Day celebrations. Applications must be received by June 15 to process them in time.