Funeral protest ban

5:28 AM, Aug 14, 2011   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to sign legislation that will expand the state's ban on protests outside military funerals.

Quinn says he'll sign changes to the "Let Them Rest In Peace Act" at the Executive Mansion in Springfield on Sunday.

The act currently bans protests within 200 feet of a military funeral. House Bill 180 increases the prohibited distance to 300 feet.

Protests are banned 30 minutes before and after funeral services.

Quinn initially proposed the act when he was lieutenant governor in 2005. His predecessor, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, signed it into law in 2006.

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