Yingling's Bill to Stop Incinerators near Schools Passes House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, passed legislation last week preventing garbage incinerators from being operated near local schools, directly addressing concerns brought to him by residents of his district.

"My top priority is to make the voices of this district heard in Springfield, so when residents shared their concerns about a possible garbage incinerator being opened near homes and their children's school, I introduced legislation to address their concern," Yingling said. "This bill ensures that this community will remain a great place to live, and our schools will remain healthy places to learn."

A garbage dump located near the Prairie Crossing community has long considered operating a garbage incinerator on their grounds. The idea has concerned many neighbors, who fear an incinerator would bring a constant flow of trash into the dump, and have a negative impact on the community, including a school located less than 2 miles from the possible incinerator site. After residents brought their concerns to Yingling, he introduced House Bill 1391, which prohibits a garbage incinerator from being operated within 1.5 miles of a school in Lake County, permanently preventing trash from being burned near the Prairie Crossing community and providing much-needed peace of mind to residents. The legislation passed the House, and now awaits approval by the Senate.

"I am committed to using my time away from Springfield to walk door-to-door, host community meetings and use every opportunity to listen to the people I represent," Yingling said. "It was constituent feedback that led to the introduction of the legislation to prohibit garbage incinerators near schools. I appreciate all of the suggestions and conversations I have with constituents so that together we can make improvements in our state and communities. In the coming weeks, Illinois will be facing some challenging decisions, and I will continue to tell the Legislature exactly what the people of this district expect."