May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and a Illinois mom’s are pushing lawmakers to improve the state’s air quality. As the weather gets warmer in May, allergies peak.
The group leading efforts for cleaner air is called “Moms Clean Air Force IL.” One mom with the group is Kelly Nichols. She says that the enactment of the Clean Jobs bill would reduce carbon pollution which would benefit asthma sufferers.
This City of Effingham just this week passed a measure to improve air quality by limiting leaf burning to Friday, Saturday, and Monday within city limits. Mayor Jeff Bloemker told Effingham Radio news why he supported the new ordinance.
City Commissioner Merv Gillenwater voted no on the issue, not because he opposed regulation of leaf burning, but because there simply is no feasible alternative.
Senate Bill 1485, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, was introduced last year and is currently under consideration by lawmakers in Springfield.