The Illinois House has approved a bill that would give people exposed to asbestos a larger window to file a lawsuit. Now, that window is 10 years, but lawmakers supporting the bill say it could take longer than that for a diagnosis like mesothelioma – a cancer affecting the lining of the lungs -- to present itself. State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) pushed for a no vote, saying lawmakers were rushing things.
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“We’re doing this now because there’s a governor leaving,” said Sandack. “We’re doing something here that, unfortunately, hurts Illinois business.” State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) fired back that they’re simply doing their job. “The argument is made that we shouldn’t be doing this now,” said Hoffman. “We’re elected to a two-year term, not a year and nine months.” The bill passed the House and now moves to the Illinois Senate.