Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill requiring Illinois high school students to get trained on how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The Democratic governor signed the bill at the annual meeting of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois in Normal. He is scheduled to be joined by members of a pair of suburban families that lobbied to get the bill passed.
The measure requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The new law allows students to opt out of the training if their parents submit a written objection. The law will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year.