Illinois celebrates Fourth with fireworks, parades

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CHICAGO, IL (AP) – Communities across Illinois are celebrating Independence Day with parades, ice cream socials, fishing derbies and fireworks.

In the central Illinois town of Lincoln, an old-fashioned children’s walking parade was to be followed by a water balloon fight. Lincoln is said to be the only town in the nation named for Abraham Lincoln before he was president.

In Quincy, a fishing tournament, face painting for children and music from a park band will precede a fireworks show at the Illinois Veterans Home.

In Joliet, the fireworks display has been a tradition for 68 years. The show’s sponsored by the business community and local residents.

Earlier in the day, candidates in the governor’s race _ incumbent Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner _ marched in parades in the Chicago suburbs.