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Article posted: 5/29/2013 4:38 PM

Youth heroin task force plan headed to Gov. Quinn's desk

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By Doug T. Graham

SPRINGFIELD -- A suburban lawmaker's proposal to create a task force to investigate the youth heroin epidemic in the suburbs and the rest of the state is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.

State Rep. Sam Yingling, a Round Lake Beach Democrat who wrote the proposal, said the intention of the task force is to educate a group of legislators on the issue so they can recommend further state action.

The Illinois House approved by a 92-25 vote Wednesday.

The task force will include eight Democrats and six Republicans, something GOP lawmakers criticized.

"When you make this a partisan issue, you devalue the issue," Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, said.

Yingling said he could later change the task force to give both parties equal representation, but the House approved it as-is.

"Fighting over how many Democrats or how many Republicans are on the committee is completely irrelevant, because it completely overlooks the point because we have a serious problem that needs to be addressed," Yingling said.

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