Rauner signs bill requiring airport breast-feeding rooms

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CHICAGO — Breastfeeding at Chicago’s two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner on Sunday signed legislation requiring large airports such as O’Hare and Midway International to have lactation rooms by 2017. Smaller airports in the state will have to add the private rooms when building new terminals or renovating existing ones.

The weekend bill signing follows a Chicago City Council committee vote Friday on a similar proposal. The city’s aviation commissioner has previously said O’Hare plans to install three lactation rooms by the end of the year. O’Hare and Midway each currently have one lactation room.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is pushing federal legislation to require large and medium airports nationwide to provide lactation rooms.

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  • The Dad Bod

    Does anyone know if these “lactations rooms” are options or mandatory? I’m assuming optional but I would like to hear from anyone who might know more facts. I sure hope they aren’t requiring women who breastfeed to be forced to do so in some “special” room, no matter how nice they may be.

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