Stay connected to us wherever you are! Last week it was the fallout from Brian Griese’s comments on the ESPN broadcast. Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago is calling off its popular Fourth of July celebration this year due to a large number of other events scheduled to take place at the base the same week. "We regret having to cancel this celebration. Cartolano’s company is based in Northwest Indiana, but has roots in Melrose Park and has provided fireworks at White Sox games since the 1960s. Melrose Pyrotechnics, the company that had been contracted to put on the show, is waiving its normal 50% cancellation fee and allowing its customers who cancel to use the money — $15,000 in Beecher’s case — as credit for a future show. “At the end of the day, we understand the most important thing is the safety of our residents. Julie L. Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, which represents 250 fireworks companies across the country, said the decision to halt or continue may likely come down to local governments. Copyright © 2020 WLS-TV. One fireworks company suggests using only fireworks that explode high in the sky, which would allow watchers to view from their yards or cars and practice social distancing. The news comes as state health officials on Sunday announced 6,980 new cases and an additional 35 coronavirus-related deaths. Public safety was the chief concern, but it was also not the right time to ask local businesses for money to pay for the event, which is entirely funded through sponsorships, Szymanski said. NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Fireworks traditionally light up the skies over Naperville on the Fourth of July, and they were determined to celebrate America's Independence Day again this year regardless of COVID-19 restrictions. “No one knows how this is going to play out, it’s going to depend on how the virus is moving and what the governor says,” said Cartolano, whose sales team is beginning to call customers to figure out how they want to proceed. J.B. Pritzker is one of the top contributors to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. The free festival traditionally has drawn thousands of visitors and naval station sailors and recruits to the base's Ross Field to celebrate the country's independence. The inside story on the top Illinois political donors: the who’s who of Biden’s fundraisers. Cannon is perhaps most known for acquitting then-Chicago Police Cmdr. ... at the Apollo Theater on July 7 and will open on July 17, 2020. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order that runs through April, although it might be extended. “Maybe some communities could have a drive-in style show at a park, but that doesn’t work for the big cities.”. A request for comment sent to Gov. New drama between Bears coach Matt Nagy, QB Nick Foles after delay vs. Saints. Chicago is one of the most celebratory states of the USA. There have been 9,810 deaths in Illinois. J.B. Pritzker’s office went unanswered Tuesday. Uncertainty is the only reliable metric at the moment. We just want to be back in the game so bad.”. News you use every day! Daily Herald As of Sunday evening, 336,450 city residents have cast ballots in person since Oct. 1 and another 401,605 have voted by mail, according to the city’s election board. Copyright © 2020 Northwest Herald. “Everyone’s calling and saying ‘What are our options?’” Melrose Pyrotechnics President Michael Cartolano told the Sun-Times. Bears coach Matt Nagy despondent over offense after 26-23 loss to Saints. One compromise Cartolano hopes will persuade organizers to go on with the show: only use fireworks that explode really high in the sky so people can watch from their yards or strategically parked cars.