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New law could mean a hefty fine for littering

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Illinois smokers may want to think twice before flicking a cigarette out the car window.

A new Illinois law says throwing cigarette butts on the ground will be considered littering.  You could pay up to $1,500 for the first offense.  Proponents hope this will cut down on littering and help prevent unnecessary fires, but opponents say the fine goes too far.

"I don't feel like that's fair because we've been doing this for years, so I do feel like it's too steep," Brendon Campbell said.

A third offense can cost you as much as $25,000 as well as possible jail time.

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