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Quinn signs law requiring students be taught CPR

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  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be taught to all high school students starting in the fall.

      Cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be taught to all high school students starting in the fall.
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NORMAL, Ill. -- Illinois high school students will be required to get training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills under a bill that Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law.

The new law also requires training on automated external defibrillators. The law takes effect for the 2014-15 school year.

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Quinn signed the legislation Thursday in Normal.

The legislation was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter had a heart condition. She collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at St. Charles North. Quinn's office says an defibrillator was available at the school but not used until paramedics arrived. Her family believes her life could have been saved had someone knew how to use it.

Quinn says the "common-sense law" will help students in emergencies.

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