Governor Signs Safety Skills Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday morning that requires teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills to Illinois high school students.

The proposal also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators. Governor Quinn signed the legislation during an event in Normal.

The bill was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter, who had a heart condition, collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school.

Quinn's office says an AED was available at the school, but not used until paramedics arrived. Her family believes her life could've been saved had someone known how to use it.

Quinn calls it a "common-sense law" that'll help students in the case of an emergency.

The law will take effect next school year.

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