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Illinois Video Game Ban Becomes Law

The state of Illinois is one step closer today to a statewide ban on the selling of violent games to minors. The state House voted 106-6 in favor of the bill. The Senate had approved the bill earlier this month. Governor Rod Blagojevich, who proposed the ban late last year, is expected to sign it into law.

Illinois joins a number of states that we’ve been tracking for proposed bans. Bans have been proposed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Washington. The ban fines clerks who knowingly sell adult video games to minors up to $1,000.

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“In today’s world, parents face unprecedented challenges in monitoring and protecting their children from harmful influences. This bill will make their job easier,” Blagojevich said, praising the Illinois House vote. Representative Monique Davis pleaded, “don’t let them (our children) become the monsters that we see in these violent games.”