During an interview with the Daily Herald, Illinois State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Plainfield) said she "absolutely" favors lifting a smoking ban at casinos and veterans clubs.
In contrast, during the same interview, incoming Illinois State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) said the smoking ban needs to be applied equally everywhere.
Health officials say the smoking ban has been a success in Illinois and made the workplace and environment for non-smokers more friendly for restaurants and bars.
Casinos claim substantial drops in revenue are mostly due to the smoking ban, which tends to force smokers outside for a break from gambling.
Should the smoking ban continue to be applied equally everywhere or should any exemptions be made?