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Smoking ban for Illinois could pass next week

By Sean Crawford, IL Public Radio

Springfield, Ill. – Bars and restaurants in Illinois could soon have to go smoke-free.

Supporters of a public smoking ban say they believe they have the needed votes to win approval in Springfield, and they think they could send such legislation to the governor next week.

The legislation is in the Illinois House, having already passed the Senate. It would snuff out smoking in any workplace, including bars and restaurants.

Supporters say the plan would be a win for people who have to breathe other people's second-hand smoke. But some lawmakers question if smokers have any rights at all.

Several communities have their own smoking bans, but this proposal would make it statewide. Several tavern and restaurant owners have complained it will hurt their businesses.