Smoking could be banned at all of Illinois' public colleges under legislation passed by the General Assembly. Though several campuses have already gone smoke-free, this measure would make it illegal to smoke anywhere at the state's 12 public universities, plus its community colleges.
Though the final vote mostly fell upon party lines — Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed — some lawmakers crossed ideological boundaries.
Rep. Donald Moffitt (R-Gilson) says the mandate is about the health of young college students.
State lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent smoking in cars with children. Though the measure is aimed at protecting passengers' health, the proposal is raising questions about personal privacy.
The measure would make it illegal to smoke in a car with a minor, but a police officer couldn't pull over drivers just for lighting up.
Even so, Kathy Drea, of the American Lung Association, says putting a law on the books sends a message to smokers.
Drea compares the proposal to other laws pertaining to vehicles.