House committee passes bill banning kids under 12 from playing on tackle football teams
With 11 yes votes, a bill banning youth younger than 12 years old from playing on organized tackle football teams passed the House Mental Health Committee on Thursday.
Nine committee members voted against House Bill 4341, which would create the CTE Prevention Act. It says youth under age 12 can participate in all organized sports, except tackle football.
CTE – or chronic traumatic encephalopathy – is a disease linked to repetitive brain trauma, particularly in athletes.
How the committee voted
|Deb Conroy||Democrat||Villa Park||Yes|
|Sara Jimenez||Republican||Leland Grove||No|
|Patricia Bellock||Republican||Hinsdale||Not voting|
|Fred Crespo||Democrat||Hoffman Estates||No|
|Carol Sente||Democrat||Vernon Hills||Yes|
|Michael Unes||Republican||East Peoria||No|