Legislation signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will allow state police to carry epinephrine auto-injectors and fund training in their use. Lawmakers passed the bill through the state's process with unanimous support.
Named after Annie LeGere, a 13-year-old Illinois girl who died after having a severe allergic reaction, the bill provides for the stocking, carrying, and training in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors such as EpiPens in state police vehicles. Officers will be able to use them, when needed, as first responders to severe allergic reactions.
Annie's Law allows other police forces to do the same.
The legislation, known as "Annie's Law," allows local and county police forces to train and stock epinephrine auto-injectors as well, broadening the availability of the medication to first responders. The bill's creation of training opportunities also lowers the cost of such training to various law enforcement agencies within Illinois.
The bill was strongly sponsored by the Annie Legere Foundation "To the Moon and Back," created by her parents shortly after the girl's death. Annie died on August 26th, 2015.