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A new bill that is getting a hearing in Springfield today was inspired by microbiological testing done by an Arizona mom and professor at fast food play lands all over the nation. Erin Carr-Jordan says she has taken dozens of swabs, sealed them, chilled them and sent them to labs to gather information on the opportunistic bacteria that may be lurking on playlands in restaurants, which are currently not regulated for cleanliness in most states, including Illinois.

Carr Jordan says that over the course of her research she has found bacteria including coliforms indicating the presence of feces and Staphlococcus aureus, which has been linked to the development of MRSA in humans. You can read the results of all of her testing here

The current bill is called the Kids Play Safe Act and was sponsored by Jack Franks (D-Marengo) who was joined by Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg).  It was introduced in February and late this afternoon gets a hearing in the Consumer Protection Committee.

If the current version of the bill is passed and signed it could mean clean play lands in restaurants, or at least cleaner ones than the scary one the Tribune visited with Carr-Jordan last summer and those she has posted video from on her Web site.

-- Monica Eng

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