SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois high school students will have to learn how to conduct cardio pulmonary resuscitation and operate automated external defibrillators under a new law passed by the Legislature.

The measure passed Tuesday was sponsored by State Sen. John Mulroe. The Chicago Democrat says the legislation could help save lives.

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The legislation was prompted by the 2008 death of St. Charles High School student Lauren Laman during a drill team practice. Laman’s parents say her life may have been saved if her teammates were properly trained to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

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Gov. Pat Quinn says the legislation is “common sense” and makes sure high school students are prepared to handle life-and-death situations.

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