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3/18/2005 3:30:41 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Harmful Bill Passes Committee

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March 18, 2005


Illinois--Harmful Bill Passes Committee


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We are sad to report that Senate Bill 409 passed the Senate Education
Committee by a vote of 7 to 4. The four Republicans voted against it.

The sponsor received over 500 calls, and the other committee members
reported receiving hundreds of calls. Nonetheless, S.B. 409, which
will expand the state's control over your children for two more years,
will now be considered by the full Senate.

At the hearing on March 15 Senator Raoul, who sponsored the bill,
declared that he wants the compulsory school attendance age to be even
lower. He wants to require 4 year-olds to be in school.

Last year, Illinois was the only state in the last several years to
raise the compulsory attendance age. We cannot allow the school age to
be lowered to 5. We must keep calling until the bill is defeated.

Illinois homeschoolers need to practice "the widow at the judge's
door" principle and keep knocking until the legislature changes
course.

The next step is to call your own Senator. You should be aware that
the legislature's 2 week break starts Monday. However, please
continue to call.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your Senator and give him this message:

"Please vote against S.B. 409, which lowers the compulsory attendance
age. This bill is unnecessary. It restricts parental choice and
wastes taxpayer money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can find information on your Senator by using our Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ or by calling the Capitol at
217-782-2235.


BACKGROUND

For more information on this bill, visit our website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2181

Thank you for standing with us for family and freedom in Illinois and
throughout the country.

Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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