-Illinois
5:03 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New Laws Target Litterbugs

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Two new laws crackdown on litterbugs. The first adds cigarettes to the definition of litter. The other creates a $50 fine for anyone who tosses trash out of their car window.

Senator Bill Haine, D-Alton, sponsored the legislation:

"It's irresponsible, it pollutes beautiful environments [and] God's creation, [and] it creates ugliness."

Representative David Reis, R-Ste. Marie, opposed both measures:

"This is almost unbelievable -- $50 fine for throwing your cigarette butt on the ground.  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 laws take effect in January.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky contributed to this report.