Illinois is a step closer to banning microbeads from personal care products. Microbeads are the tiny plastic beads used as abrasives in soaps and other exfoliants. The sponsor, State Rep. Jaime Andrade (D-Chicago), says the microbeads harm the environment, particularly Lake Michigan and the Illinois River. Supporters say natural abrasives – like sand and apricot seeds – are available. Many of the manufacturers of these products are moving away from microbeads on their own.

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State representatives are not ready to give people a fifth chance. A bill to set out a process to allow four-time DUI offenders to apply for reinstatement of their driving privileges failed to get enough votes. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says the restrictions would include the driver using a breath-activated ignition device for the rest of their lives. Opponents said four drunken-driving arrests should be enough.

n S.B. 2727 (microbeads) passed the House 116-0 and returns to the Senate for concurrence.

n S.B. 1996 (4-DUI) failed in the House, 52-64. The sponsor reserves the right to call it again.

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