- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers say the state should spend more money to make it safer for children to walk to school.

Springfield Republican Reps. Tim Butler and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (woh-JISS’-kee hee-MEN’-ehz) and a dozen advocates walked Wednesday from the Capitol to Cathedral School downtown to publicize their plea.

Officials say nearly five Illinois children are hit by cars every day within a block of a school.

Supporters want $5 million more for a government program called Illinois Safe Routes to School.

It has paid nearly $50 million since 2005 for 500 safety projects such as improving street-pavement conditions, adding bike lanes and breaking up gangs that can interfere with children answering the school bell.

Northbrook Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz is the legislation’s sponsor.


The bill is HB2623.



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