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Nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Illinois Capital Bill

On Monday, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a $31 billion capital bill. Funded through a variety of taxes and new legalized gambling, the bill is the first comprehensive construction bill in a decade.

The bill includes more than $14 billion for roadwork and bridge repair. There is an additional $7 billion for non-road transportation projects, $1.5 billion for higher education facilities and $3.6 billion for K-12 educational facilities.

The new funding for school construction represents an opportunity to build schools that are accessible to bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders. Active Transportation Alliance also is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure new road construction incorporates Complete Streets principles and policies.