SMOKE FREE ILLINOIS TO BEGIN JANUARY 1ST.
In less than a week, the Smoke Free Illinois Act will go into effect. WGEL spoke with Pat King, of the Bond County Health Department, about the new law. She said that the ban will be placed on smoking in public places, places of employment and within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, windows that open or ventilation intakes.
These types of places include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, private clubs, gaming facilities, sports arenas and all places of employment. "No Smoking" signs will be required throughout these locations. King said that lawmakers will be meeting in January to discuss more specific details of the law, including enforcement and fines.
According to King, the law was enacted to protect the public from the dangers of second hand smoke. Currently, one in five Illinois residents smoke. The state is joining 22 others with similar laws.
For those who want to quit smoking, you can contact the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442 or visit www.smoke-free.illinois.gov. You can hear more with Pat about the Smoke Free Illinois Act in a future Public Affairs on WGEL.
ACCIDENT AT CVS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Greenville Police were called to accident Wednesday afternoon around 1PM at CVS in Greenville. The driver of a car told police that as he was pulling into a parking spot, his car jumped the curb and hit the building. The accident caused over $500.00 damage to the vehicle and approximately $250.00 damage to the building. Bond County EMS were dispatched to the scene, however no one was injured.
GREENVILLE FIRE RESPONDS TO SMOKE SCARE
The Greenville Fire Protection District was called to a residence on north Elm Street Thursday at 12:07PM in regards to a report of smoke coming from the garage. Firefighters arrived on scene and found that the resident's children were playing and burning small piles of leaves next to the house. No fire in the garage or home was found. Firefighters were back in service a half hour later.