Quinn signs two diabetes-related laws
Illinois now has two new laws to help raise money and awareness for diabetes.
Governor Pat Quinn signed two bills into law on Thursday as part of his plan to improve health across the state.
The first bill will create special license plates to raise funds for diabetes research. Each plate will cost $40, with more than half of that money going to the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund.
The second bill requires the Illinois State Diabetes Commission to submit a report to the General Assembly every other year starting in 2015 with information about the costs of diabetes and way to monitor and prevent the disease.
Quinn said about 800,000 people in Illinois suffer from diabetes, and there are probably even more who are undiagnosed.
Quinns office said it's estimated that by 2020, the number of adults with diabetes will increase 43% nationally and 25% for Illinois.