First there was Hawaii, then there was California. Illinois will not make three, as the Illinois Senate voted against a measure to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21 in the state.
The legislation which was sponsored by Democratic Senator John Mulroe of Chicago failed by a 23-25 vote. The measure was hotly debated with those against it providing the voice of reason that if you are old enough to join the military you should be old enough to make your own choices.
Meanwhile those in favor argued for criminal provisions for those who violate the law similar to that of minors who drink.