SPRINGFIELD - Schools will no longer serve as polling places on Election Day is State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, State Rep Jack Franks (D-McHenry) and State Senator Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) are successful, they said at a press conference in Springfield Tuesday.
"It drives me crazy that schools are locked ever other day of the year, but on Election Day, people are allowed to come in and out freely," Topinka said. "We want our kids to be safe every day of the year."
Prompted by the Sandy Hook tragedy in December, Topinka said open schools are dangerous to the children. and the sooner this legislation is enacted, the better. "We're going to try and get this into place by the 2014 elections," she said.
Rep. Franks suggested that polling should take place at local police or fire stations rather than schools, he said.
"Schools are sanctuaries for our kids," Franks said. "And this will help parents' peace of mind."
The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has thrown their support to the bill, citing children's safety issues as well as potential traffic problems surrounding the schools on voting days.