Police in Chicago’s largest suburb, Aurora, said they are ready to deal with a variety of problems that seem to plague the community every Fourth of July.

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Aurora Prepares For Holiday-Related Violence, Crimes

July 03, 2019 - 7:43 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police in Chicago’s largest suburb, Aurora, said they are ready to deal with a variety of problems that seem to plague the community every Fourth of July.

Aurora Deputy Police Chief Keefe Jackson said his officers will be out in force.

"For the Fourth of July weekend, as with any major holiday, we look to step up our enforcement," he said.

Cheif Jackson said officers will be on the lookout for anyone setting off fireworks illegally. He said punishments include confiscation of fireworks and possibly a $250 fine.

And also he warns anyone who wants to celebrate the Fourth by shooting a gun, even just for fun, that could lead to criminal charges and jail time.

Plus police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, as well as those who violate the state’s new tougher texting and driving law.

"We are looking to really step up enforcement, particularly for distracted driving, texting while driving, in accordance with the new state law," he said.

Jackson points out the new state law makes texting while driving a moving violation, which comes with stricter penalties.