stltoday.com reports that Bill HB4119 was passed today by the Illinois state legislature. This will make the possession or distribution of shark fins illegal in the state. State Sen. Antonio Munoz said the bill’s purpose is to prevent shark finning, which is the removal of the shark’s fin followed by releasing the shark back into the water. Although shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, the possession of shark fins is only prohibited in several coastal states. The bill passed both the House and Senate by a large margin and will be sent to the governor’s desk for ratification.