Illinois smoking ban could change in the coming days.
If legislation that passed committee Wednesday becomes law, Illinois could make a notorious kind of history: the state could be the first in America to loosen restrictions on smoking according to the Huffington Post online.
Lawmakers will soon take up a measure that would provide for two exemptions to the indoor smoking ban.
One would allow smoking in the state's casinos.
The other would allow local governments to issue smoking licenses to bars and other establishments.
The House Executive Committee approved both bills Wednesday and sent them to the full House.
The reason behind the proposal stems from shrinking casino revenues.