House passes cellphone ban for Illinois drivers By Rebecca Smoot | March 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM CST - Updated June 26 at 5:25 PM SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Using a cellphone while driving would be illegal under a measure approved by the Illinois House. The proposal would make an exception for drivers who use some sort of hands-free device to make calls. There's also an exception for emergencies. The bill passed 62-53 Thursday and moves to the Senate. Lawmakers who oppose the bill complain that it would make Illinois a "nanny state." Using a cellphone while driving would be a moving violation, like a speeding ticket. Three moving violations in a year and drivers can lose their license. Chicago has had a similar ban for years. The bill is HB3972. Online: http://www.ilga.gov Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.