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>>Teens Banned From Using Tanning Beds
(Springfield, IL) -- Kids under 18 are being banned from using tanning beds in Illinois. Studies show that kids are at a 75-percent higher risk of getting skin cancer when they're exposed to the artificial rays. Still, some parents think government is overstepping its boundaries by keeping kids out, saying that's a decision that's best left up to the parent. The new law kicks in January 1st. Teens will still be allowed to get a spray-tan.
>>Teens Can No Longer Purchase E-Cigarettes
(Springfield, IL) -- Electronic cigarettes are off-limits to anyone under 18. A new law prohibits retailers from selling the popular products to minors. That's because they contain nicotine, which is an addictive substance that makes it hard for people to quit smoking once they start. Supporters say
it'll help cut back on the number of kids who actually pick up a smoking habit. The law takes effect January 1st.
>>Illinois Following In Detroit's Footsteps
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois could be on the verge of bankruptcy. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says it's showing the same signs that the city of Detroit had before it ran out of cash. He says the city had several credit rating downgrades before its fall. Illinois has had more than a dozen downgrades in recent years, mostly because of lawmakers' failure to reach a deal on pension reform. Kirk says Republicans can help save the state from a financial crisis by putting their fiscally conservative strategies to work and, he urges people to vote Republican in next year's election.
>>Rauner Suggests Term Limits
(Springfield, IL) -- One GOP candidate for Governor says political leaders in Illinois should be limited to two terms. Bruce Rauner says career politicians are making too much money from their political power. On top of that, he says they're to blame for most of the state's problems. Rauner says if he's elected governor, he'll fight for term limits which would limit himself and other leaders to just eight years in office.
>>State Farm Worker Commits Suicide on the Job
(Bloomington, IL) -- Things should be back to normal at the State Farm Headquarters in Bloomington today, after a worker reportedly committed suicide on the job. Witnesses say Carrie Butler fell from the fourth floor atrium yesterday. An autopsy showed she died of multiple injuries to the head and chest. No foul play or third party involvement is suspected.
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