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Illinois casinos seek break from new smoking law

Publication Date: 7/25/2007
  • Author:KURT ERICKSON
  • Publication:Munster Times, IN

As the governor signed a statewide smoking ban Monday some Illinois lawmakers continue to push for an exemption for casinos. Supporters say the ban will drive smokers -- and their wagers -- to casinos across state lines.

The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, means smokers will have to take their butts outside because the new Smoke-Free Illinois Act bans smoking in public places -- including bars, restaurants and work places.

Illinois is one of 19 states with a comprehensive smoking ban, according to the state.

Under one plan sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Verschoore, D-Milan, smoking would be allowed in casinos for five years or until smoking is banned in casinos in neighboring states.