SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn will get the final decision on whether people should be allowed to talk on handheld cellphones while driving.
The first ticket for talking on a handheld phone while driving would be a $75 fine. Using a hands-free device would remain legal. The Illinois House approved the measure today and sent it to the governor.
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How they votedHow suburban lawmakers voted on banning handheld cellphone use while driving.
Linda Chapa LaVia, Aurora Democrat; Deborah Conroy, Elmhurst Democrat; Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates Democrat; Scott Drury, Highwood Democrat; Keith Farnham, Elgin Democrat; David Harris, Arlington Heights Republican; Stephanie Kifowit, Aurora Democrat; Michael McAuliffe, Chicago Republican; Michelle Mussman, Schaumburg Democrat; Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook Democrat; JoAnn Osmond, Antioch Republican; Carol Sente, Vernon Hills Democrat; Sam Yingling, Round Lake Beach Democrat
Patti Bellock, Hinsdale Republican; Tom Cross, Oswego Republican; Jim Durkin, Western Springs Republican; Mike Fortner, West Chicago Republican; Jack Franks, Marengo Democrat; Kay Hatcher, Yorkville Republican; Jeanne Ives, Wheaton Republican; Rita Mayfield, Waukegan Democrat; David McSweeney, Barrington Hills Republican; Tom Morrison, Palatine Republican; Sandra Pihos, Glen Ellyn Republican; Dennis Reboletti, Elmhurst Republican; Ron Sandack, Downers Grove Republican; Darlene Senger, Naperville Republican; Timothy Schmitz, Batavia Republican; Ed Sullivan, Mundelein Republican; Michael Tryon, Crystal Lake Republican; Barbara Wheeler, Crystal Lake Republican; Kathleen Willis, Addison Democrat
Eliminating the distraction of a phone could lead to safer roads as drivers keep both hands on the wheel, lawmakers said. But critics countered that plenty of other distracting activities -- from eating to smoking and changing the radio station -- remain legal.
State Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, told a story of driving with a Wendy's Frosty in one hand and a cigar in the other.
"If anyone deserved a ticket that day, I'm sure I did for having a Frosty and smoking a cigar with a window open," Franks said.
Still, the wide use of cellphones has drawn the attention of safety-minded lawmakers across the country.
In the past few years, Illinois lawmakers made it illegal to talk on the phone in a school or construction zone, and texting behind the wheel isn't allowed, either.
Quinn already has to decide whether to raise the speed limit on tollways and interstates to 70 mph.