There were other fireworks downtown, but this time of the political sort, as thousands rallied at the capital complex for marriage equality.
The March on Springfield brought 45 buses and thousands of same-sex supporters to the capital for a noon-hour concert and rally featuring Gov. Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin.
There was also a push to go to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to pray for marriage equality, something Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said would not be welcomed in the church.
A rally at the capital opposing same-sex marriage is expected for today.
It’s unclear if the same-sex marriage bill will be brought in front of lawmakers for their current fall veto session.