SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — The road signs that tout local achievements as you drive into town would have to be privately funded, under a proposal that has passed the Illinois House.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, sponsoring state Rep. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) says the Illinois Department of Transportation pays about $200,000 for such signs. He argues taxpayer funds should not be used for such purposes.

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“Is it your idea that it will also include the high schools for the sports and academic teams?” state Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg) asked Rose on the House floor.

“We could still do it, but someone – a local booster club or someone else – would have to front the costs, unless – unless we as a body decide to go ahead and use taxpayer resources to do that,” Rose replied.

Under Rose’s bill, the state General Assembly could be asked to approve public money for such a sign as an exception.

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