Bill would ban trans fats in Illinois restaurants, schools

April 13, 2011 1:18:33 PM PDT
The Illinois House wants to have a bigger impact on the type of foods we eat.

The Illinois House has passed a ban on the use of artery-clogging trans fats in food served in restaurants and in school vending machines.

That bill still has to pass the Senate and get signed by Governor Pat Quinn, but if it passes, Illinois would be only the second state in the nation to pass such a measure behind California.

The ban would take effect starting January 1, 2013.

If passed, it would mean that restaurants would not be able to serve food with trans fats, and it would also apply to vending machines in public and private schools.

Lawmakers say health problems cost the state a lot of money, and this bill could be used as a prevention tool to keep people healthy and out of ERs.