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2/17/2011 2:22:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Battle Over--Maloney Withdraws SB 136!

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Illinois: Battle Over--Maloney Withdraws SB 136!

Dear HSLDA Friends and Members,

Moments ago we received word that Senator Maloney has tabled SB 136!
With the withdrawal of the bill, the battle is over, and freedom is
the winner! ("Tabling" withdraws a bill from consideration and
effectively kills it.)

Everything I said at the hearing Tuesday--and everything the other
opponents of SB 136 said--would have counted little or nothing but for
the fact that 4,000 resolute homeschoolers waited outside the
committee hearing room door!

This victory is for sharing among all of you who braved the cold and
the long lines and came to Springfield, and the many others who made
phone calls but could not attend personally. What you sacrificed in
time, trouble, and finance, has, I hope, been abundantly recompensed.
Your prayers have been answered!

ACTION REQUESTED

Phone calls are no longer needed, unless you would like to send
Senator Maloney a short message of appreciation for listening to us
and tabling his bill. Sen. Maloney is a well-respected member of the
senate, and it is likely we will have opportunities to work with him
again in the future.

If you are not a member of Illinois Christian Home Educators, please
consider joining. They are a powerful and unified voice for
homeschoolers in Illinois and were key players in leading the fight to
stop SB 136. Their website is: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10366
.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

To those of you who tried to participate in HSLDA's online webinar
Friday evening on SB 136, but could not because it filled up, my
apologies. The event was recorded. Because of enthusiastic
participation, the webinar lasted about 1 hour and 45 minutes. You can
view it from HSLDA's website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10367 .

To those of you who stood in line outside to attend the 9:15 a.m.
Homeschool Freedom Summit on Tuesday, but could not enter because the
room quickly filled to capacity, I offer my sincere gratitude and
apology. To those of you who could not fit inside the committee
hearing room, but remained patiently in the Capitol hallways for the
duration of the hearing, know that you were part of something truly
historic.

It's often said that talk is cheap. But no committee member thought
the testimony against SB 136 was cheap talk--since it was backed up by
a crowd of thousands just outside the door!

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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