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FOX Chicago Investigates: Are salons tanning teens illegally?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Teens looking to hit the tanning beds in Chicago are out of luck, since the city bans anyone under 18 from tanning, but are salons following the rules?

Alderman Debra Silverstein introduced the ordinance earlier this summer.

"I'm the mother of 4 children. I know how important it is to take care of our children and I thought it was important that we needed to stop these young people from hurting themselves," Silverstein said.

Just a few months after the ordinance was passed, the Chicago Department of Public Health stated no citations or even warnings have been issued.

So, FOX Chicago News decided to hit the tanning salons with our hidden cameras and a 15-year-old girl to see if salons are abiding by the new ordinance.

The first stop was at Bella Bronze Tan, where our girl was given paperwork and even a tour of the salon's facilities. When it came time to purchase, they asked her age, but it came with a catch.

"When she put my name inside the computer, it said that I needed a parent signature and that I could come back and if my mom signed I would be okay to tan," our young informant explained.

The "new" ordinance states that teens under 18 cannot tan even with parental permission. We told the salon that, but the woman seen on our hidden camera denied she ever told the girl to come back.

"No, not at all, not at all, she can't. She said her mom is going to come in later on because her mom tans as well," says the Bella Bronze Tan employee.

But, our undercover teen said that the employee told her specifically that she would be able to tan if her mom came back and signed.

When our 15-year-old went into the Soleil salon, she says she revealed her age and was told by the manager to come back when he wasn't working the next day. He also said to make sure she said she was "18."

We then revealed our camera and the manager asked us to turn it away from him. He said he told our whistle blower that she can tan outside of the city, but denies telling her to come back to his salon.

So why are salons like these not being fined?

Alderman Silverstein says right now, the rules and regulations for the ordinance are not finished yet.

"It is frustrating, again once these rules and regulations are passed, I'm hoping that that's not going to happen anymore," Silverstein said when we told her about our findings.

In all, we tested four salons; two of them quickly turned the teen away. The alderman is homeful the rules and regulations will be finalized by the end of the year.

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