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Article updated: 7/2/2013 8:12 AM

Illinois Lottery to sponsor fireworks in Batavia, 4 other cities

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The Illinois Lottery plans to sponsor Fourth of July fireworks displays in five Illinois cities this year including Batavia.

Lottery officials announced Monday that it'll sponsor fireworks shows in Batavia, Champaign, Chicago, Harvey and Rockford.

Harvey hasn't had a fireworks show in years because of a lack of money.

In a news release, Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says Illinoisans deserve to experience "a spectacular fireworks show that reflects their patriotism."

The lottery's fireworks sponsorship also serves to promote its 4th of July Millionaire Raffle instant ticket game.

The fireworks will be Thursday night at Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Engstrom Park in Batavia, Navy Pier in Chicago, the University of Illinois parking lot E14 in Champaign and at Davis Park in Rockford.

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