According to My Stateline the Illinois General Assembly on Monday passed legislation to make the penalty for texting while driving, a HUGE fine.

$1000 and a suspended drivers license for a full year.

“It is against the law to text while driving, but that doesn’t seem to stop people, it is my hope that by increasing the fine dramatically from the $75 it is now, we can get drivers to think twice before looking down.” - Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb)

 

The bill now heads to the governor's desk.