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You can vote, join the military and buy cigarettes at the age of 18 -- for now. The legal age to smoke in Illinois would increase from 18 to 21 under legislation introduced in Springfield. "If we can guide them through these late teens and into their 20s without a nicotine addiction, it's more likely they will never become tobacco users," said Dr. Ronald Johnson, a physician in Pittsfield. Johnson says Illinois public college campuses already are smoke-free. Ginnie Flynn, with the Illinois...

Democratic Representative from Chicago introduces a bill that would prevent a state funding cutoff for child care providers in Illinois.