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Quinn to Sign Law Requiring Students Be Taught CPR

WGIL Newsroom . State News 83

QuinnNORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that requires teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills to Illinois high school students.

The proposal also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators. According to Quinn’s office, he will sign the legislation during a Thursday event in Normal.

The bill was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter, who had a heart condition, collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school. Quinn’s office says an AED was available at the school, but not used until paramedics arrived.

Her family believes her life could’ve been saved had someone known how to use it.

Quinn calls it a “common-sense law” that’ll help students in the case of an emergency.

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