Friday, February 8, 2008

Man files fed lawsuit against IL Smoking Ban

First off, finding IL joints with outdoor patios is actually harder. I heard some IL joints WITH patios still don't allow smoking on it. Since you're less than 15 ft away from the doors leading to/from the restaurant's patio.

Here's an encouraging article to read. It's nice to see a IL vet fight back. I wish him good luck in winning his case.


Man Files Federal Lawsuit Against Illinois Smoking Ban
By: Carly O'Keefe

DIX, Ill. - In filing a federal lawsuit against the Smoke Free Illinois Act, Vietnam veteran Frederick Price says he's not a big shot--just an average Joe trying to defend freedom as he's always done.

"I went over there to fight for your rights--as a non-smoker, and my rights as a smoker," said Price.

While Price can't afford a high-dollar attorney, he wanted to do what he could do. He wrote out a formal complaint by hand, alleging the Illinois Department of Public Health, Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois Legislature and the Illinois Attorney General have discriminated against him as a smoker. He filed the lawsuit Monday at the Southern District Federal Court in Benton, Illinois.

"The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the very basis of the Constitution, and they're being denied. My rights are being denied," said Price.

Price believes some restrictions on where smokers can light up are acceptable, but he argues the ban shouldn't take an all or nothing stance. There should be some middle ground.

"If you have the right to have a non-smoking place, you should have the right to have a smoking place, for those who do smoke," said Price. "They should have made a compromise, the way they wrote the law they took that all away and I'm not going to surrender to that."

Price's soon-to-be son-in-law, Chad Evans, a two-tour Iraq War veteran agrees. Evans said he didn't go to another country to fight for freedom only to come home and see his freedoms taken away.

"We're supposed to be the home of the free, but we're not, we're steadily and progressively being told what we can and cannot do--soon we won't have any freedoms at all," said Evans.

Frederick Price says he plans to take the lawsuit as far as he can to restore the freedoms he feels have been taken away. His family also plans to circulate a petition in opposition to the ban.

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