Concussion training bill passes Illinois Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A measure the Illinois House passed a month ago that would require high school athletic coaches to take concussion training courses has passed the Illinois Senate.

On Thursday, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the legislation, which would require coaches to take the free training every two years.  It would also require that the concussion certification program be developed by the Illinois High School Association, a not-for-profit organization that hosts athletic events for most schools in Illinois.

The legislation is sponsored by state Senator Dan Kotowski, who says research shows that concussions have a negative effect on athletes.  Kotowski also says that measure would educate coaches about the harmful effects of traumatic head injuries.

The measure now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
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