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Gov. Rauner signs law allowing 16-year-old organ donors

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discusses Senate Bill 1 with the Northwest Herald editorial board and reporters on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in Crystal Lake. The bill would rewrite Illinois’ Broken Education Funding Formula.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discusses Senate Bill 1 with the Northwest Herald editorial board and reporters on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in Crystal Lake. The bill would rewrite Illinois’ Broken Education Funding Formula.

CHICAGO – If you're old enough to drive in Illinois, you're now old enough to be an organ and tissue donor.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law Tuesday authorizing 16- and 17-year-olds to join the statewide registry .

Republican Rauner says there are more than 4,700 people in Illinois alone awaiting organ transplants. About 300 a year die waiting.

The "Drive for Life Act" allows anyone 16 or older to join the organ and tissue donor registry when he or she gets a driver's license or state ID. Parents and guardians have the right to revoke consent until a teen is 18.

Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White says he and state legislators have worked on the law with the Mid-America Transplant Services and Gift of Hope .

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