Quinn to sign bill requiring students learn CPR

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is signing a bill Thursday to help train students on responding to medical emergencies.

The bill will require students in all Illinois high schools to be trained in CPR and on how to use a defibrillator.

The law will go into effect next school year.

Parents can opt out if they send in a written objection.

The bill was influenced by the death of Lauren Lamen who collapsed and died at high school drill team practice in 2008.

A defibrillator was available, but it wasn’t used until paramedics arrived.

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