Illinois Senate okays bill to require CPR training for high school students

By WEEK Producer

May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would require high school students be trained in CPR and the use of portable defibrillators in on its way to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 3724 previously passed in the Illinois House and was approved by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.

Governor Quinn has voiced his support.

“Illinois’ students should be prepared to act if a health emergency happens in any of our high schools,” he said.

However, the Illinois School Board Association called the bill 'well intended, but unfunded'.

The bill's chief sponsor suggests local fire departments could provide the training for free.

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