Preemption of local smoke-free laws repealed

Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco (ICAT) and partners successfully urge Illinois General Assembly to change statewide law to allow local communities to pass comprehensive smoke-free laws.  Governor Blagojevich signs the law August 10, effective January 1, 2006.  Shortly thereafter, Deerfield enacts a smoke-free ordinance, becoming the first community in the state to take advantage of renewed local control.  In 2006, 30 Illinois communities used this new power to go smoke-free, the most ever in a calendar year anywhere in the U.S.