Thursday, January 11, 2007

Proposed Illinois Statewide Public Smoking Ban

Article in the Chicago Tribune -- Legislator proposes statewide public smoking ban, by John Chase and Monique Garcia:

Though a patchwork of cities and suburbs already have banned smoking in public places, state lawmakers today introduced legislation that would prohibit smoking in all public spots in Illinois -- from taverns and restaurants to stores and bowling alleys.

State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), who introduced the bill, said the time has come for Illinois to join more than a dozen other states with broad smoking bans. He said medical studies prove secondhand smoke is dangerous to patrons and employees, especially those working in bars and restaurants.

"We need to level the playing field for all workplaces and provide the same health privileges to workers and patrons throughout Illinois. Many municipalities are waiting eagerly on the sidelines for the state to act on this matter, and it's about time we do that," Cullerton said.

Legislative leaders and the governor reacted cautiously to the measure, one of the first bills to be introduced in the newly minted General Assembly. The offices of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said they wanted to see the legislation first.


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i agree with non-smoking work places, but as a bar owner i have to oppose!!!there should be a law for bars where they should have a non-smoking section. it's communist and is going to put buisness's on the poor block!!if people don't want to smoke, don't enter our bar. the non-smokers can go to a restaurant to drink and have no smoke. what about the people that do smoke, nobody is helping them,and if you can't smoke in theese places, WHY CAN THE CIGRATTE CO. STILL SELL CIGARETTE'S IN PLACES WHERE YOU CAN'T SMOKE. TALK ABOUT A CROCK POT FULL OF HYPOCRISY!!! IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT? TO PUT PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET? WHY NOT STOP THE SALE OF CIGARETTE'S IN ILLINOIS? I KNOW, BECAUSE YOU GET A KICK-BACK. ME AND BAR OWNERS WILL SEE YOU SOON IN SPRINGFIELD YOU COMMY BASTARDS!!

Posted by: MICHAEL THOMPSON | Mar 8, 2007 6:44:00 AM

I'm tired of the government infringing
on my personal rights. Last time I looked this was a free country. It's funny that they want to
ban smoking but they will take campaign contribution from tobacco companies.
It's my right last time I looked. You are discrimating against smokers. Maybe we
should file a law suit against the government
for discrimantion

Posted by: JAN SCHULTZ | Mar 30, 2007 6:41:05 AM

This is another example of a minority of people who are using the police power of the government to impose their will upon the majority. If political correctness doesn’t end this great nation the practice of allowing the government to impose restrictions on personal liberties to appease those who pay for the access to the right people will. Don’t people who smoke have rights too? Do we just not pay the right politician? I’ll be looking for those passing this legislation and look forward to voting against the in any future election. It’s a shame our political process and legal enforcement is for sell to the highest bidder.

Posted by: Wayne frisbie | May 3, 2007 6:51:47 AM

I fail to see what the uproar is over this law. I have yet to read where in the federal and/or state constitution it gives a resident a right to smoke in public places. The only personal liberties that are protected are those that are written within the Constitution.

Also, I may remind those who oppose this law that they have a right to elect officials who will represent them. If the majority of voters (who exercise that right) wish to have a smoking ban, then the will of the majority must be adhered.

Posted by: Jason Roberts | Jul 23, 2007 10:43:01 AM

I agree with Michael. We should find a lawyer and file a law suit for discrimation. If smokers got together and filed a law suit maybe something would be done. I think that at least the bars should have smoking. The owners should say yes or no. Then put a sign up to tell people there is smoking. Then it is up to them to come in or not.

Posted by: Katie | May 4, 2008 6:54:12 AM

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