Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon August 19, 2013
New law targets litterbugs
Litterbugs, be on notice. Two new Illinois laws could cost you. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.
Before Deborah Mell became a Chicago alderman last month, she pushed two pieces of legislation through the Illinois House, both trying to crack down on people who litter. The first:
"simply adds cigarettes to the definition of litter."
The other creates a minimum, $50 fine for anyone who tosses trash, cigarettes or otherwise, out their car window.
A bunch of Republicans, including Rep. David Reis, who's from Jasper County in Southern Illinois, opposed both measures.
"This is almost unbelievable -- $50 fine for throwing your cigarette butt on the ground. And I don't like that. I think it's distasteful, I don't smoke. But where are we going to stop with this? And is the second fine going to be higher? Is there going to be jail time? I mean what's coming with this? I think most of these cigarette butts are biodegradable."
The litter laws will take effect at the start of 2014.