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Rauner Grants Immunity to Underage Drinkers Calling for Help

The newly-signed bill provides legal protection for a person needing medical help and the person who called for him or her

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    In this photo shared on Twitter, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is shown signing a bill that alleviates an immediate shortfall in the state budget.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation allowing immunity from prosecution to minors who call 911 to get help.

    Rauner on Monday signed the bill sponsored by Legislative Democrats, Rep. Scott Drury of Highwood and Sen. Heather Steans. It provides legal protection for a person needing medical help and the person who called for him or her.

    Police would have the authority to determine whether protection from legal discipline is appropriate.

    The plan is modeled after a similar one addressing heroin overdoses. At least two dozen other states have similar laws.

    The Illinois law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.

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