As we head into the 4th of July weekend, I want to extend my best wishes to you and your family for a safe and happy Independence Day. This celebration is a reminder of the pride we have in our country and the precious freedom our forefathers fought so hard to win and preserve from one generation to the next.
From the humble colonial soldiers of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War to the brave men and women serving our country today here at home and across the world, we are the heirs to a rich heritage of unyielding commitment to freedom and democracy.
May God bless each of you and your families on this Independence Day; and to those of you with a friend or loved one who is serving in a branch of our Armed Forces, I offer a very special prayer of thanks for their dedication to serve and defend our freedom.
We will be missing our oldest son, Max, this 4th of July. He is currently at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he is completing his Army officer training camp for 5 weeks. Like all families with a son or daughter serving our country, we are very proud!
Ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding those who are grilling out or packing a picnic to protect their family and friends from foodborne illness by following food safety tips. Remember:
- Raw meat, poultry, and seafood should be stored and prepared separately from fruits, vegetables, cheeses, salads, and even cooked foods.
- Before grilling, thaw food safely in the refrigerator, cold water, or microwave. Always marinate food in the refrigerator, no matter what kind of marinade you’re using.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Wash work surfaces, utensils, and grills before and after cooking.
- When grilling, make sure food is cooked to a safe temperature by using a food thermometer.
- After grilling, keep food at 140°F or warmer until served.
Find more holiday food and other safety tips from the Illinois Department of Public Health by clicking this link: https://dph.illinois.gov/resource-center/news/2022/june/celebrate-the-fourth-of-july-safely-with-food-hygiene-tips-for-c.html
State Representative, 45th District