The State wide smoking ban came as no surprise. After the City of Chicago passed a ban, followed by Cook County, the State was next. If everyone remembers in Cook County Commissioner Gorman's district which borders Counties without a smoking ban, she wanted a temporary non-smoking ban during the Superbowl, which the Bears were in, because she had so many bar owners saying they would loose so much money across the street in the next county. The point was argued that the State intends on passing a no smoking ordinance that will be stricter than that of the City, or County and it will not matter for either of these any more, because the State Wide ban will supersede all others. So there we have it Governor Rod Blagojevich wins, and wins confidence of many by doing what he said he would do. Now let's get this budget worked out!
Illinois will be smoke free January 1st
The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, means smokers like Main's wife will have to take their butts outside because the new Smoke-Free Illinois Act bans smoking in public places _ including bars, restaurants and work places. Illinois is one of 19 states with a comprehensive smoking ban, according to the state.
The new law trumps local ordinances that are weaker, including those that allowed smoking bans to be phased in later or exempted businesses with air filtration systems. More than 40 communities, including Chicago, have approved restrictions on smoking in public places and a local ordinance must be as strong, or stronger, than the state ban to remain in place, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.
"This law will save lives," said Blagojevich, who was joined by lawmakers and anti-smoking advocates at the bill signing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Under the law, people still will be allowed to smoke in their homes, cars, at retail tobacco shops, in certain hotel or motel rooms and outdoors.