CLOCC Watch List for Illinois Legislation
This page will serve as the rally point for CLOCC partners and the childhood obesity-prevention community to learn about new and pending legislation with the potential to impact the health and well-being of Illinois’ children. The State of Illinois’ 100th General Assembly will extend to May 31st. During that time, this page will be updated with bill descriptions, resources and calls for action.
2018 Bill Monitoring: Updated April 10th, 2018
- HB 4799 – The Bike Walk Education in Schools Act: Amends the School Code. Provides that, in every public school maintaining any of grades kindergarten through 8, there shall be instruction, study, and discussion of effective methods for the prevention and avoidance of traffic injuries related to walking and bicycling. Provides that if a school board provides instruction on safety education under a provision in the Code, the instruction shall include pedestrian and bicycling safety.
- UPDATE: HB 4799 was approved in a committee vote on Tuesday, April 10th and will move to a vote in front of the full House.
- SB 2588 & HB 4568 – Healthy Local Food Incentives Program. This legislation is needed to extend the Healthy Local Food Incentives Program, which doubles the purchasing power of Illinois residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetable. The bill ensures access to fresh and healthy foods for economically disadvantaged communities and those living in food deserts.
- UPDATE: HB4 4568 was approved in a committee vote on Tuesday, April 10th and will move to a vote in front of the full House.
- SB 2572 & HB 4730 – Physical Education Requirements. With more than one in three Illinois children overweight or obese, including an even higher rate for Hispanic and African American children, opportunities for physical activity are more precious than ever before. The daily P.E. requirement in schools was removed in 2017 as part of a new school funding reform law, however these new bills could improve P.E. by requiring a minimum number of minutes of P.E per week – 150 minutes for elementary schools and 225 minutes for secondary schools – as well as limiting district P.E. waivers from this requirement.
- When a bill is reviewed in committee, the State provides Illinois citizens with an opportunity to record their support or opposition to the legislation using an online form called a witness slip. This has been a valuable tactic for grassroots and community organizations to rally support from around the State and make their voice heard in Springfield.