State

Bill banning smoking with children in car advances

SPRINGFIELD — A proposal that would make it illegal for motorists to smoke in cars with children is advancing in the Illinois legislature.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the measure was approved by a Senate panel on Tuesday.

The Senate Public Health Committee approved the bill by a 5-2 vote. It now heads to the full Senate.

The legislation was drafted by state Sen. Ira Silverstein, a Chicago Democrat who says secondhand smoke in confined areas is dangerous for children.

Motorcycles and convertibles would be exempt. And police wouldn't be able to pull over drivers solely for committing the offense.

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