Illinois is now one of 19 smoke free States

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.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    That's great that Illnois is now a smoke free state. Now, what about the budget for the state?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Electric rates settled, smoke free settled, it's health care and education the Governor wants and the rest of congress don't know how to fund it, without taxes, sell/lease the lottery, casino's
    SP Biloxi said...
    "the rest of congress don't know how to fund it, without taxes, sell/lease the lottery, casino's"

    Well good luck to Congress. With job cuts, lack of a budget, and so on, taxes will be raised unfortunately.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Somehow, I got on a Republican e-mail list and I was sent an impeach Blago message, complete with a little kid having a temper tantrum and a link to the Illinois law that says governors can be impeached.

    He needs to give up, point his finger at the General Assembly, blame them for not giving him what he wants, and then GET THE DAMN BUDGET DONE!!!!!!!!

    The voters know its mostly his fault anyway.
    SP Biloxi said...
    And how did you get on the GOP list?

    I agree with you, kittybowtie. The governor needs to quit with the blame game and prolonging the budget. The longer that he prolongs the budget, the more harm he is doing to the state in the long run. He is playing with the taxpayers' finance.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Because there is no money, and a pension to fund.....either not do the education and healthcare you promised, raise taxes to do it. Not a lot of creativity in the State to work it out.
    Levois said...
    As much as being a smoke free Illinois doesn't bother me, it's just unfortunate that they're involved in passing a law based on a theory. Now how about that budget?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Smoke free in Illinois? How about that smoke Blago is blowing out his butt about the budget? How about that smoke and mirrors game Blago is playing with his proposed health care plan and how to pay for it?

    The TV news interviewed Blago tonight. Can you tell I'm in a mood?


    Sure, they abolish cigarettes almost everywhere except inside one's house and car, but to pay for the budget they want to raise the taxes on cigarettes to $4+ per pack. That's just too damn funny! Raise taxes on something people are barely going to be able to use!!

    Anonymous said...
    "Raise taxes on something people are barely going to be able to use!!"

    Just pain stupid from Baloneybitch. I don't know whether to smack the governor over the head or laugh my ass off.

    SP Biloxi

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