Tossing trash anywhere besides a garbage will soon cost you no matter where you are in Illinois. A new law imposes a statewide fine for littering.
State Senator Bill Haine hates litter, saying "it's irresponsible, it pollutes beautiful environments, God's creation, it creates ugliness."
He hates it so much, he says he goes around his neighborhood in Alton, picking it up himself.
"We don't have a dog anymore, but I use a Pooper Scooper, which is a remarkably efficient way to pick up litter," he says.
The Illinois Senate approved legislation Friday that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.
In the end, the vote was not that close — 35 senators voted yes, 21 no.
Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, sponsored the measure. He frequently reminds his colleagues he was once a prosecutor, and says the idea is to help people in pain find relief.