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4/28/2005 12:11:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Your Calls Are Working

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April 28, 2005


Illinois--Your Calls Are Working


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The hearing for Senate Bill 409 occurred yesterday. S.B. 409 would
lower the compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 5-years old.

As a direct result of your calls, Representative Acevdeo, Chairman of
the Committee, decided not to bring it up for a vote. He is aware of
the opposition and is concerned. This means that S.B. 409 is delayed
until at least next Wednesday.

Please keep calling the Committee. Fran Eaton was there lobbying on
behalf of homeschoolers, along with Ralph Garcia of Christian Home
Educators Coalition. They have indicated that there are seven members
of the committee that have committed to vote "no." There are three
more leaning that way. We only need eleven to defeat this bill.

The defeat of S.B. 409 is within our grasp.


ACTION REQUESTED

Keep your calls coming into as many committee members as possible.
Please give them this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 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.

House Education Committee:

Chairperson: Representative Calvin Giles
217-782-5962

Vice-chairperson: Representative Monique Davis
217-782-0010

Rep. Suzanne Bassi
217-782-8026

Rep. Daniel Beiser
217-782-5996

Rep.Linda Chapa LaVia
217-558-1002

Rep. Marlow Colvin
217-782-8272

Rep. Lisa Dugan
217-782-5981

Rep. Roger Eddy
217-558-1040

Rep. Robert Flider
217-782-8398

Rep. Kevin Joyce
217-782-8200

Rep. David Miller
217-782-8087

Rep. Jerry Mitchell
217-782-0535

Rep. Donald Moffitt
217-782-8032

Rep. Rosemary Mulligan
217-782-8007

Rep. Ruth Munson
217-782-8020

Rep. Harry Osterman
217-782-8088

Rep. Sandra Pihos
217-782-8037

Rep. Robert Pritchard
217-782-0425

Rep. David Reis
217-782-2087

Rep. Michael Smith
217-782-8152

Rep. Jim Watson
217-782-1840


Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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