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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has “called on the Illinois State Board of Education to impose new rules that would stop unhealthy foods from reaching youngsters in elementary and middle school and ‘help our most impressionable kids form good eating habits.’”

"Children who eat less junk food attend school more regularly, behave better when they're in school and score better on tests. We all know this," Blagojevich told the paper, said, "and yet, in schools across our state, junk food is available to any child who has the spare change to buy it from a vending machine."

The call by Blagojevich is a less strident version of legislation that would have prohibited all junk food from Illinois schools and that was defeated last year by lawmakers there.
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