Monday, June 26, 2006

Smoke-Free Sangamon

Well, this is good news. Counties in Illinois can now implement smoking bans too. From the SJ-R Breaking News online:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation that gives Illinois counties the ability to ban smoking in public places in unincorporated areas.

The action, announced Sunday, means that Sangamon County could pass a smoking ban similar to the one adopted by Springfield. So far, no such legislation has come before county board members.
OK, time to get the county board to pass a measure compatible with the smoking ban here in Springfield. After all, it’s not fair that only Springfield establishments all go out of business.

Why doesn’t Blago just push for a statewide ban? Maybe he doesn’t want to lose the nicotine addict vote? While I love that smoking bans are popping up all over the state, it would be nice if they were uniform. Even if that means we’ll have to go to Missouri to find restaurants and bars that haven’t been forced to close because of the severe impact of the ban.

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