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Petitioning All residents of Illinois

Stop Leaf Burning In All Towns With Schools

Leaf smoke is toxic and harmful for all who breathe it, but it is especially harmful to children and those with hearth &/or lung weaknesses. It can cause sudden death in these sensitive groups. Children need to be outside during the school day, fully participating in outside physical education and activity periods/recess. They should have the right to breathe clean air and not have their health harmed. Many smaller towns still allow leaf burning, even near schools. Leaf smoke can be present for hours on end and can span a multi-block radius. Children are protected from cigarette smoke on school grounds by law, but not leaf smoke. Every life is important, no matter the size of the town. There are a number of ways to handle leaves, such as composting and having them transported to farmers for fields. But there is only one way to breathe. My son has asthma. He is unable to play outside during school, at home, and around town when people are burning leaves. We live in a town that allows residents to burn at all times of the day year round, and they frequently do. We feel like prisoners in our own home and often have to drive 15 minutes to the nearest city just to let our children play outside at a park. Leaf smoke has many cancer causing particles and they are tiny enough to get into the deepest parts of the lungs and stay there for months to even years. Please help me to protect all children in all towns, because leaf smoke is toxic whether you live in a big city or a small town. Some people might believe that leaf burning is a right, but a right stops being such when it is a detriment to the health of others. Please help me stand up for those individuals who can't stand up for themselves, for our children.

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