12/18/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Illinois Clean Car Act Supporters Rally Downtown

Supporters of the proposed Illinois Clean Car Act rallied Sunday in downtown Chicago with the hope that state legislators will pass a bill they say would help significantly decrease air pollution in Illinois.

More than 50 people, including several Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University students, braved light snow flurries at the Kluczynski Federal Building's plaza to hear speakers make brief but vigorous comments in support of the bill's passage.

According to the Environmental Law & Policy Center, which does environmental advocacy work across the Midwest and is based in Chicago, House Bill 3424 would make the state adopt what they say are clean-car standards that would cut emissions.

Advocates of the bill say it would promote the sale of fuel-efficient vehicles in Illinois and, by reducing the pollutants emitted by cars and trucks, would improve air quality and public health.

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