On Monday Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a bill that allows mixed martial arts to be sanctioned in the state according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The law was the final step in bringing the UFC to Chicago sometime next year.
Though MMA events have taken place in the state the sport was not regulated by a state commission and the UFC held out until one was put in place. This bill will allow the state to fully regulate MMA events including judges, referees, rules, and drug testing.
According to the report the bill will not become law until July of next year with the first event taking place several months later though the UFC is reportedly working on moving this timetable up to allow for a spring 2008 event.
The United Center and Allstate Arena are rumored venues for the event.