SPRINGFIELD… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) announced today that a bill he is sponsoring to allow for Cystic Fibrosis License Plates in Illinois has passed an important House Committee this morning.
Leitch received unanimous committee approval of House Bill 1459 on Wednesday morning, moving the bill to the Illinois House Floor. Under provisions of the bill, cystic fibrosis awareness license plates will be created by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. Funds raised from this new license plate will be deposited in the Cystic Fibrosis Fund. Money raised in this fashion will then be paid as grants divided evenly between the Chicago and Peoria offices of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the purpose of cystic fibrosis research, education, awareness, and treatment.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects not only the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing, coughing, and frequent lung infections. Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for cystic fibrosis and those afflicted with the condition have an average life expectancy of 37-50 years of age.
“This is for Lillian,” said Troy Stringer of Edelstein, who drove to Springfield today to testify in favor of the bill on behalf of his daughter, who has suffered from Cystic Fibrosis since birth. “[License plates] will be an ongoing way to raise a little bit of money each year to get us closer to a cure as well as raise awareness.”
Andrea Stringer, Lillian’s mother, described the impact of Lillian’s condition on her family, “Lillian is six years old and in first grade. She has been in and out of the hospital many times and has had many surgeries, procedures and tests. She is sick a lot and misses a lot of school. Last year, she missed over 30 days of school because of cystic fibrosis. This year she has already missed school due to being in the hospital. She spends around three hours a day just on her treatments alone, and takes around 30 medications a day.”
Rep. Leitch said it is, “a great honor to be able to speak up for those who are afflicted by this terrible disease. When approved, I hope that this will help with research, treatment, and awareness so that we can move toward making life as normal as possible for patients like Lillian.”
Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.