In the midst of a statewide debate over the topic, one Illinois city passed a law that would prohibit smoking at patios of restaurants and bars. The DeKalb City Council voted 5-3 to ban smoking on the patios of restaurants and bars, modifying a 2006 law that banned smoking indoors, but allowed for it outside.
Unlike the proposed rule that would affect all restaurants and bars in Illinois, DeKalb outright bans patio smoking. The proposed statewide law would prohibit smoking within 15 feet from a door, window or ventilation system.
DeKalb is located in the northern part of the state with a population of around 45,000.