CHICAGO (CBS) –Both U.S. Senators from Illinois were at Lurie Children’s Hospital today to talk about their bill – expected to become law soon – to help schoolchildren who suffer from life-threatening allergies.

Senator Dick Durbin says the bill that he and Senator Mark Kirk pushed through Congress will help millions of children who have food allergies.

“The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act encourages states – this is more of a carrot than a stick – to require all schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine on the premises and to train and authorize school personnel to administer it,” said Durbin.

Durbin says the “carrot” is more federal money for the states.

Specifically, Kirk says, it will give states that comply more money for asthma-related treatments.

The senators say President Obama is expected to sign the bill.