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Stiffer penalties proposed for drunken boating in Illinois

Updated: October 19, 2013 7:42PM

Illinois lawmakers are considering imposing stiffer penalties on people caught operating a boat while intoxicated.

Anyone convicted of operating a watercraft while under the influence would have their driver’s license suspended for three months, under a bill sponsored by state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).

Morrison’s nephew, 10-year-old Anthony Borcia of Libertyville, was hit by a boat and killed last year when he fell off a tube on Petite Lake in the Chain O’Lakes.

The man operating the boat pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after alcohol and cocaine were found in his system. He was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison.

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