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.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.