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Independence Day weekend is almost here, which means some may want to celebrate with fireworks. But what is legal in Illinois, and what is safe?

State fire officials say hand-held fireworks – like roman candles and bottle rockets – are illegal in the state. Those who buy or use them could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

While novelty fireworks are legal, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says they could still be dangerous.

Illinois prison workers concerned about safety

Jul 9, 2012

The workers say they're worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor's plan to close prisons.

NIU Safety Series: Part Four

Dec 23, 2011

Officials at Northern Illinois University say despite some high-profile incidents over the past few years, the campus and its surrounding community are safe. 

Northern Illinois University

Several high-profile crimes involving Northern Illinois University students over the past few years have raised concerns over safety on and off campus. That leaves university leaders looking for ways to make their school safer…while challenging the perception they’re different from any other college campus. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports in part three of our series.

 

Note: WNIJ's Jenna Dooley contributed to this report.

          

NIU Safety series: Part Two

Dec 21, 2011

Northern Illinois University is battling a public perception that questions whether the campus community is safe.  Our series continues with a look at how NIU compares with other schools.