New DUI law signed: 'We pray that we are continuing Conor's work'

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Conor's Law Tuesday afternoon at Blackburn College.

Changes were made to Illinois DUI laws Tuesday following an emotional bill signing.

About 100 of Conor Vesper's family and friends came to Blackburn College to watch Governor Bruce Rauner sign Conor's Law.

"Connor always brought a smile to everyone's face," Conor's sister Hannah said.

Conor Vesper's life was cut short. The Blackburn student took his own life after a drunk driving arrest in 2015.

"We want every young person that makes a bad choice to drink and drive to have the opportunity to grow from that experience," Alice Vesper said.

After losing Conor, the Vesper's made it their mission to prevent other families from having to deal with a tragedy like theirs.

"We know that this will never bring Conor back," Alice Vesper said. "We know that we are honoring Conor for working diligently for the passage of Conor's Law. We know that Conor always made sure that others who needed his help were cared for. We pray that we are continuing Conor's work."

Before Conor's Law, any person arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois could be released after posting bond.

Once Conor's Law takes effect in June of 2018, police can detain anyone under 21 arrested for driving under the influence until the person is sober or a responsible adult picks them up.

"The reason is to protect those individuals because as we know, they often are not thinking clearly," Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser said. "One because of their age and two because they're under the influence of alcohol or alcohol and drugs often."

Alice Vesper said if this law had been in place when Conor was arrested, Conor's story would have had a much happier ending.

Conor's Law will also require law enforcement to create a model on how officers respond to a person arrested while under the influence.

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