Illinois lawmakers want funding for safer school routes

Several Illinois lawmakers are calling for more funding to ensure students have safe streets to walk to school.
    
The issue comes during the state’s drawn-out budget fight.
    
The proposal seeks $5 million for the program, a combination of state and federal aid. But since Illinois has been operating without a budget since July, it’s unclear where they’d get the money. Were the bill to pass, the state would foot $2 million of the costs.
    
Republican Reps. Tim Butler and Sara Wojcicki Jimenez drew attention to the plan last week by walking from the Capitol to a nearby school in Springfield. The legislation is sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz.
    
Supporters say about five Illinois children are hit by cars each day near schools.

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