Illinois State Senate District 25 issued the following announcement on July 3.
The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence, a time to pay tribute to our nation, its founders and the men and women who in so many ways have made her great.
This year, we celebrate 243 years of freedom and democracy, but the desire for liberty has burned in the souls of men and women far longer. It was the desire for independence that first brought the early settlers to this country. Their dream was of creating a society free of the flaws and inequities of the Old World. They wanted something different.
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