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Illinois lawmaker wants to lower age kids can be left home alone

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The Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: KMOV) The Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – An Illinois lawmaker wants to lower the age children can be left home alone.

Currently, any child under the age of 14 in Illinois cannot be left for “an unreasonable amount time” without adult supervision. House Bill 4296, which was filed by Rep. Joe Sosnowski, would allow children 12 or older to be left home alone.

In a statement posted on his website, Rep. Sosnowski stated that lowering the age would help working parents who struggle to afford child care:

This bill to help protect single and working parents from a harsh state law under which they can be charged with neglect and lose custody of their kids for leaving a minor under the age of 14 home without supervision. Illinois has by far the most restrictive law of its kind in the nation. My bill would reduce the threshold to children under the age of 12, recognizing that working parents who struggle to afford child care should not live under the fear of losing their kids simply for working hard to support their family.

The Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield Tuesday.

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