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Annual July 4th Fireworks Launch Location Moved to Langum Park

The Annual July 4th Fireworks will be launched from Langum Park, located at 7th and Madison Avenues in downtown St. Charles. The move is in response to public safety recommendations on behalf of emergency responders, led by the St. Charles Police Department, working in collaboration with the St. Charles Park District. This new launch site allows the fireworks to be seen along the Fox River, with the best viewing locations on the south side of downtown St. Charles.   

Two Businesses Cited for Selling Tobacco to Minors

Mayor Lora Vitek, acting as Liquor Control Commissioner, enforced local tobacco ordinances for two local businesses cited for selling tobacco/alternative nicotine products to minors.

The citations were considered at the May 15, 2023, hearing of the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission. The Commission considers alcohol, tobacco, and massage license issues. The following businesses were required to submit a $250 fine and $500 in court costs:

St. Charles Police Release April Distracted Driving Grant Numbers

The St. Charles Police Department worked in conjunction with the state of Illinois to bring awareness and conduct enforcement regarding distracted driving and the crashes that often directly result from drivers not focusing on the road.

During the month-long campaign that took place at various times and dates across both the morning and evening, the St. Charles Police wrote:

St. Charles Police Join Initiative to Combat Child Exploitation

The offices of the Kane County State's Attorney and Kane County Sheriff recently launched the Child Exploitation Unit, aimed at stopping the distribution of child pornography and online exploitation of children.

The Unit was created in collaboration with the St. Charles Police Department, which is providing office and technology space where a computer forensics expert can analyze electronic devices for evidence of crimes committed.

St. Charles Police Release St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Grant Numbers

The St. Charles Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement during the week preceding St. Patrick’s Day and on the day itself.  These extra patrols were held in conjunction with the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The St. Charles Police joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois with their effort.  This included working alongside the Kane County States Attorney’s Office which was holding a “no refusal” weekend.

During the mobilization, the detailed officers: