The 2017 Rules of the Road manual in Illinois will include something new. If you have to take the test, here's a heads up. This will detail how to approach a crosswalk which has flashing lights and is being added after a suburban Chicago woman was killed while biking in a crosswalk.
The new rule hasn't been written yet but it will explain that when the crosswalk signal is activated and the lights are flashing, drivers need to stop until pedestrians and bicyclists have safely crossed the road. I'm not sure we have many of these crosswalks with lights down at this end of the state, but the advent of this law may see the addition of them. And, I would hope that just because the lights are flashing walkers and cyclists don't just head into crosswalks without looking left or right in case a vehicle is nearly in that area.
Funny thing is I see this with people walking out of grocery stores right into the traffic lane without ever looking to see if a car on the left or right may be right on them. They head boldly straight on and almost dare a car which is a foot away to stop.