A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old couldn’t draw enough support from the Batavia Board of Aldermen Committee of the Whole, and as such the idea to join the growing movement in the Chicago area died.
The discussion came as a growing number of cities in the area have adopted Tobacco 21 ordinances, including Chicago, Peoria, Glen Ellyn, Skokie, Wilmette, Gurnee, and Mundelein, among others. Meanwhile, a statewide increase has passed the Senate and is currently being debated by the House.
While the ordinance itself didn’t pass, the committee did adopt a resolution to support a statewide increase by an 11-1 vote.
Batavia is located 40 miles west of Chicago and is home to just over 26,000 residents.