A proposal on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn would randomly test Illinois high school athletes for steroids and other prohibited performance-enhancing substances.

A proposal on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn would randomly test Illinois high school athletes for steroids and other prohibited performance-enhancing substances.

Students who test positive or who refuse to submit to random testing would be banned from athletic competition for an unspecified length of time, according to the legislation, which the Illinois Senate approved 56-0 on Wednesday.

House Bill 272 earlier passed in the Illinois House of Representatives, 116-0.

While the Illinois High School Association already randomly tests student-athletes in state championship competitions, the legislation calls for testing at least 1,000 athletes during their sports seasons.

The measure also would require high school sports coaches to complete an IHSA-developed educational program about preventing the abuse of performance-enhancing substances.

It also would boost fines for certain drug-related crimes by $50, and that money would be used to pay for the athletes' drug testing.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau