Illinois appears poised to ban handheld cellphone use while driving
Driving while talking on a hand-held mobile phone soon could be illegal throughout Illinois.
Last week, the state House of Representatives passed legislation by a vote of 64-46 to ban such use.
Most local lawmakers opposed the measure, including state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville; state Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia; and state Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago. State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, voted in favor of the legislation.
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