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McDermed bill aims to preserve roadside memorials for families

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, speaks to a crowd of media and elected officials on Friday, June 28, 2019, during $45 Billion Capital Bill signing ceremony at the Joliet Waste Water Treatment Facility in Joliet, Ill.
State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, speaks to a crowd of media and elected officials on Friday, June 28, 2019, during $45 Billion Capital Bill signing ceremony at the Joliet Waste Water Treatment Facility in Joliet, Ill.

State Rep. Margo McDermed filed a bill last week to give the family members of crash victims a chance to save mementos from roadside memorials in the face of expanding construction projects which could damage them.

McDermed's bill amends the Roadside Memorial Act, or RMA, to require the Illinois Department of Transportation to notify a "qualified relative" when a roadside memorial is in danger of being removed or damaged due to road construction, according to a news release.

“We’re going to see a lot of road construction over the next several years,” she said in the release. “In the course of ongoing infrastructure investment, I want to make sure we’re respecting grieving families and extending them this courtesy.”

The RMA affords families the opportunity to remember crash victims and raise awareness of reckless, drunk and distracted driving, according to the release. Under the RMA, Illinoisans are allowed to create certain memorial markers on the side of the road where the accident took place.

McDermed said more construction will come with the Rebuild Illinois program. A "qualified" relative is defined by previous law as an immediate relative of the deceased, by marriage, blood or adoption.

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