Smoking ban on college campuses gets initial OK


Share
Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 4:58 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) A Senate committee has approved legislation to ban smoking on all state-supported colleges and universities.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the measure passed the higher education committee 7-5. It now moves to the full Senate.

The bill would ban smoking anywhere on a public university or community college campus effective July 1, 2014.

Kathy Drea is a spokeswoman for the American Lung Association in Illinois. She says the ban would promote a healthy learning environment for students, visitors and employees.

Sen. John Sullivan is a Democrat from Rushville who joined Republicans in voting no. They say smoking is legal and the bill goes too far.

Sen. Terry Link is the bill sponsor. The Waukegan Democrat says a ban may prevent people from starting smoking.









ARC








 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






(More History)