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Springfield Bans Teen Tanning: Another Illinois City Enacts Age Limit

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Springfield joined the list of Illinois cities that ban teenagers from tanning on Tuesday.

Aldermen in the state's capital city voted 7-3 in favor of a citywide ban on tanning for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17, even with parental consent, the State-Journal Register reports. Businesses that tan minors will face fines ranging from $75 to $750 for first offenses, and second offenses will face a minimum $250 fine, according to the ban.

Illinois law bans salon tanning for children under age 14, but allows children under 18 to tan with parental consent, according to NBC Chicago. The ban applies only to commercial tanning beds: privately-owned tanning devices and spray tans are exempt.

Chicago enacted a similar policy in June, during the peak of the media firestorm surrounding "Tanning Mom" Patricia Krentcil, who was accused of child abuse for bringing her 6-year-old daughter to tanning booths.

"We have restrictions as it relates to teenagers on smoking," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press conference following the vote to fine salons that tan anyone under 18. "This ordinance on tanning reflects a strategy as it relates to protecting our teenagers, as they have to make decisions."

In Springfield, Alderman Cory Jobe said he hoped the city's new policy would inspire a statewide ban, the Associated Press reports, and asked the city attorney to draft a resolution supporting one.

Around the Web

Springfield, Illinois, bans teens from tanning | abc7chicago.com

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Minors could be banned from indoor tanning in Illinois : Stltoday

Another Illinois City Prohibits Teens From Tanning | NBC Chicago