SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday to criminalize the use of unmanned drones to interfere with hunting and fishing.

The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, makes it a misdemeanor to use an aerial vehicle not carrying a human operator to interfere with a hunter or fisherman who is lawfully taking wildlife or aquatic life.

The new law was inspired by an announcement by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in April that it was shopping for “one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.”

The legislation is House Bill 1652.


SPRINGFIELD — Quinn signed legislation adding improper cigarette disposal to the state’s Litter Control Act.

Under House Bill 3243, cigarette butts would be added to the list of items for which a person can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor for littering.

State Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, who sponsored the legislation, earlier said the measure not only will help clean up Illinois, but could help snuff out potential fires.

A careless smoker could be fined a maximum of $1,500 and face up to 180 days in jail. The statute also notes that a judge could require a scofflaw to pick up litter along a designated stretch of road for up to 30 days.


SPRINGFIELD — Quinn signed legislation creating a new task force aimed at addressing an uptick in heroin use by high school students.

The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, calls on the special panel to recommend programs for high schools to address the issue.

For example, the group could propose changes in the Department of Human Services’ division of alcoholism and substance abuse, or curriculum changes by the State Board of Education.

The task force would report its findings by the end of June 2014.

The legislation is House Bill 946.

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"Under House Bill 3243, cigarette butts would be added to the list of items .. blah, blah."

I'm a smoker, and I've been 'field stripping' cigarettes since basic training in the Army. I never throw a live butt on the ground or anywhere else. I can honestly say I've never thrown a piece of trash, such as a fast food bag or an aluminum can, out of my vehicle window. I've always left a campsite cleaner than I found it.

When our pension system is flat broke, do we REALLY need to make a butt law?

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