VIDEO GAMES LINKED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY... least if a certain Illinois bill comes into force, that is. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's proposal seeks to criminalize the sale of violent or sexually explicit video games to children, with contravention by a retailer punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The Illinois House passed the bill on March 17, 2005 amidst concerns that the proposal is vague, unfair to retailers, and unconstitutional. The bill is now up for debate in the Illinois Senate, which must decide the urgency of getting rogue video game merchants off of Chicago's mean city streets.

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