From: Chicago Tonight
Circus Elephants to Take Final Bow in Illinois
Illinois will become the first state to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling exhibitions, putting an official end to a practice that animal rights activists have been protesting for decades.
On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill sponsored by state Sen. Linda Holmes that prohibits the use of elephants in any traveling animal acts. The law does not ban elephants in zoos or other non-traveling institutions that ensure adequate conditions for the animals.
The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.