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Illinois House Passes Teen Driving Law Inspired by 'Chicago Trib' Series

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Illinois House Passes Teen Driving Law Inspired by 'Chicago Trib' Series

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With a unanimous vote, the Illinois House of Representatives has approved a legislation inspired by a yearlong series in the Chicago Tribunethat would impose among the toughest restriction on teen drivers in the nation.

The legislation, which would become law if signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was drawn from recommendations of a task force assembled by Secretary of State Jesse White, whose office regulated driving privileges. White said he championed the changes because of the Tribune series.

In dozens of articles under the theme "Teens At The Wheel," the Tribune series, led by general assignment reporters John McCormick and Ted Gregory, documented the seemingly intractable problem of teenage deaths in auto crashes. In a note to readers toward the end of the series, Editor Ann Marie Lipinski said the articles started under the headline "Keeping Teen Drivers Alive."

"The hope behind that headline was that our stories would examine not just the scourge of teen fatalities but the ways in which this toll could be reversed," Lipinski wrote. …

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