campus-smoke-banWAUKEGAN – A new ban on tobacco use on college campuses that passed the General Assembly in the spring has been signed into law by the governor’s office. The measure, Senate Bill 2202, was sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan).

 The new law was introduced as a supplement to the existing Smoke Free Illinois Act of 2008. That measure blocked the use of tobacco products within public buildings and within 15 feet of entrances to those buildings.

 “While the ability to smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products is the right of the individual, I don’t believe non-smoking individuals should have to suffer,” Senator Link said. “Second-hand smoke has been proven to be just as dangerous and this new law will help keep non-smokers safe from damaging tobacco smoke.”

 Smoking within dormitories and school buildings was banned under the 2008 law. Under the new law, any building that is owned or operated by the college or university is responsible for ensuring compliance. Further, open air areas of college campuses are now deemed to be smoke free under the new law. The state-funded colleges and universities will be required to set up a “Smoke-free campus” task force by December 31, 2014.

 SB2202 was signed into law on Sunday and becomes effective July 1, 2015 for all state-funded colleges and universities.

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Link-flagGood news for Waukegan residents: Waukegan Harbor is officially off of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The location has been on the list since 1987, but recent cleanup efforts have removed the dangerous contaminants from the harbor and that area of Lake Michigan.

“Waukegan Harbor should be a point of pride and beauty for residents, but unfortunately for a long time it has been riddled with waste that keeps people from enjoying it,” Link said. “I am proud that finally the harbor has been removed from the list of areas deemed concerning and can now be a source of fun and leisure for all area residents.”

Area dune and swale habitats have seen additional cleanup efforts since the early 1990s. The City of Waukegan has worked tirelessly in an effort to offer the best possible marina and beach areas for residents while removing sewer overflows from the area. State and federal agencies assisted in the removal of PCB-contaminants as well as additional toxic elements.

For more information, visit:

http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/outboardmarine/

http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/aoc/waukegan/

http://www.glri.us/

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link-durbin-052614State Senator Terry Link (right) joined US Senator Dick Durbin (center) for Memorial Day ceremonies Monday morning in Waukegan. They were honored to meet veterans and their families in attendance.

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This year, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed a measure that honored a local Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery and valor during the Vietnam War.

“Today, I was proud to be a part of the ceremony honoring Allen Lynch for his service to our country,” Link said. “The Grand Avenue overpass over Interstate 94 in Gurnee will now be known as the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass.”

On Dec. 15, 1967, U.S. Army Spc. Allen Lynch, while serving in D Company, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile), saw three wounded soldiers out in the open who were under intense enemy fire during a firefight near the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam. Not thinking of his own safety, Lynch went to help the soldiers. Although under intense fire, he carried the wounded soldiers to safety and singlehandedly defended them against the advancing enemy force for several hours.

Lynch's quick thinking and disregard for his own safety were vital in saving those lives, but his fight on behalf of his fellow soldiers did not end on the battlefield. After the war, he settled in Gurnee and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he advocated for increased benefits for disabled veterans; he later served as chief of the Illinois Attorney General's Veterans Rights Bureau until his retirement in 2005.

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