Girl Scouts Lobby to Make Milkweed Illinois' State Wildflower

Apr 10, 2017

 

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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to make milkweed Illinois’ official wildflower. It would also stop municipalities from fining residents who grow it. A Girl Scout troop from Pleasant Plains recently traveled to the state Capitol to rally lawmaker support.

They sounded more like D.C. lawyers than cookie sellers.

“We went lobbying earlier today, and we had a few senators who said they would co-sponsor milkweed to be the wildflower bill,” Kinsley Schultz said.

 

And scientists too…

 

“It’s what keeps monarchs alive, because that’s the only thing monarchs will lay their eggs on,” Vanessa Tyler said.

 

Kinsley Schultz and Vanessa Tyler are in sixth grade at Pleasant Plains Middle School.

 

“More people would want to plant it because, you know, it would be the state wildflower, so it would be kind of cool for people to plant it,” Tyler said.

 

The legislation has bipartisan support, but it’s likely to have at least one opponent. State Senator Tom Rooney, from Rolling Meadows, has proposed repealing ALL state designations, including the state insect: the monarch butterfly.