SPRINGFIELD-- Smoke Free Illinois would extend to the entirety of the state’s public universities and community colleges, under a bill sponsored by State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan).
An incredulous Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) envisions tailgating before University of Illinois football games: “Why on earth couldn’t you have a smoke standing outside at your car, but you can (smoke inside) your car? That’s kind of crazy.”
Before explaining that the inside of a car is not considered part of the campus, Link made a remark about the university’s football fortunes: “If their football team doesn’t improve, we won’t have to worry about tailgating pretty soon.”
More on topic, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said it’s simply too much government overreach: “There is a point, even for those who believe in the most active of governments, to which you say, You know what, even Springfield’s arm isn’t that long.”
S.B. 2202 failed in the Senate, 25-23. It needed 30 Yes votes to pass. The sponsor reserves the right to call it again.