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Parent Group Lobbies for Recess Bill

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A parent advocacy group is stepping up a campaign to get recess back in Chicago Public Schools.

The Healthy Schools Campaign lobbied the Illinois House of Representatives, which passed a bill last week mandating at least 10 minutes of recess a day.

Now the bill is before the Senate, and the group is getting parents to make calls and visit legislators in Springfield.

Guillermo Gomez is with the campaign.

GOMEZ: A healthy student performs better academically. They will miss less days. They will learn more, and part of school wellness is physical education and recess.

Gomez says recess will also help combat childhood obesity.

According to the Healthy Schools Campaign, 85 percent of children in Chicago Public Schools do not have recess.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill before the end of the month.

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