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 May 21, 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 amended on May 18th and placed on the agenda of the Senate for a reading on May 21.
- 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: HB 4568 was passed unopposed by the Senate on May 16th. The measure has been passed by both houses and now awaits signature by Governor Rauner.
- 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.
- UPDATE: After momving out of the Senate earlier this month, SB 2572 was passed by the House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies committee on May 17th. The measure is slated for a reading in front of the full house by May 25th. Take part in our call to action here.
- 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.