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Junk Food Ban Met With Resentment

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Junk food will soon be banned in Illinois elementary and middle schools.

The ban limits the sale of chips, candy and sodas to students and was approved yesterday by state legislators.

Jason Leahy, the Executive Director of the Illinois Principals Association says the state has overstepped its bounds.

“Because tax dollars at the local level, through property taxes, are what support the majority of the functions of the schools in the state of Illinois, local schools ought to have the authority to make these types of decisions,” Leahy says.

Leahy also said that schools rely on soft drink sales to supplement their budgets.

The ban will take effect once the State Board of Education processes the proper paperwork.

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