Safe Games Illinois Act Passes

Posted on June 1, 2005

Illinois lawmakers have voted to pass a law that bans the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors. All that's left now is for the Governor to sign it into law and that is 100% certain because he is the one who proposed the law in December, 2004. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich commented on the new law.

Gov. Blagojevich says, "The passage of the Safe Games Illinois Act is a landmark achievement for Illinois. When this legislation becomes law, Illinois will become the only state in the nation to protect children from adult video games. In today's world, parents face unprecedented challenges in monitoring and protecting their children from harmful influences. This bill will make their job easier. I commend the Illinois General Assembly for recognizing the importance and necessity of this bill, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to sign it into law."

The new law which requires labels to be placed on violent and sexually explicit games by retailers and $1000 fines for retailers that knowingly sell a minor one of the banned game. Retailers can also be fined for failing to properly label the games as banned for sale to minors.

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