CHICAGO (CBS) — One year after a ten-year-old boy was killed by a drunk boater on the Chain O’ Lakes, his mother joined Governor Quinn at an emotional news conference today, announcing a new law, reports WBBM’s Michele Fiore.
“I think that it is important that we don’t forget Tony,” said Quinn.
And with that, Governor Quinn signed Tony’s law, named for Tony Borcia who loved baseball, legos and whiffle ball.
“He was a complete joy,” says Margaret Borcia, Tony’s mother.
Margaret Borcia says the loss of her son has left a whole in her heart that she’s trying to fill by advocating stronger boating laws.
“Doing everything we can to prevent similar tragedies is not only our tribute to Tony, but also a way to begin to fill that hole in our hearts,” said Margaret Borcia.
Tony’s law will require any boater involved in an accident resulting in serious injury or death must consent to be tested for drugs and alcohol.