SPRINGFIELD – Using a cellphone while driving would be illegal under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois House.
The proposal would make an exception for drivers who use some sort of hands-free device to make calls. There's also an exception for emergencies.
The bill passed 62-53 on Thursday and moves to the Senate. State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, voted against the measure.
Lawmakers who oppose the bill complain that it would make Illinois a "nanny state."
Using a cellphone while driving would be a moving violation, like a speeding ticket. Three moving violations in a year and drivers can lose their license.
Chicago has had a similar ban for years.
The bill is HB3972.