Rauner signs carbon monoxide detector law

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SPRINGFIELD - A measure that would require school districts throughout Illinois to install carbon monoxide detectors in their buildings has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Under the new law, schools will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors within 20 feet of equipment that would produce carbon monoxide.  School buildings that do not have any carbon monoxide sources would be exempt from this new law.

The legislation was proposed after 150 North Mac Intermediate School students and staff were sent to an area hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning nearly a year ago.  Officials say a faulty exhaust pipe was to blame for that incident.

The new law will take effect on January 1, 2016.

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