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5/27/2011 5:25:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Act now to stop Boone County curfew and truancy ordinance!

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May 26, 2011

Dear Members and Friends in Boone County, Illinois:

Boone County's Administrative and Legislative Committee is scheduled
to take up a proposed daytime curfew ordinance and a proposed truancy
ordinance at its June 6 meeting at 6 PM. Please help protect freedom!

The daytime curfew proposal is completely unacceptable. There is no
change whatsoever that would make it acceptable. Any ordinance that
makes it a crime for children to do the natural thing and move about
during the daytime is reprehensible--even if it comes with a long list
of "exceptions." None of our children should need to prove they fall
within an exception to move about during the day.

The truancy proposal under consideration is also unacceptable.

Thank you for responding to our April 27 message asking the committee
to oppose both proposals! But we must continue to act because the
proposals are still actively under consideration.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please attend the June 6, 6:00 PM meeting of the committee, at 1212
Logan Ave., Belvidere, to express your opposition to the curfew and
truancy proposals.
2. You may see members of the committee at various Memorial Day
events. Talk to them personally and ask them to vote "no" on both
proposals.
3. Call members of the committee (phone numbers below). Your message
can be as simple as "Please vote NO on the proposed daytime curfew and
the proposed truancy ordinance."
4. If you hear these issues discussed in public--on radio, or in
newspaper editorials, etc.--participate so the voice of those who
oppose these can be heard.

CONTACT INFORMATION--Committee Members

Catherine Ward
(815) 978-8029

Theresa "Terri" Glass
(815) 544-3896

Tricia Smith
(815) 540-6818

Brad Fidder
(815) 569-2415

Anthony Dini
(815) 520-1251

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

You may be told that the truancy proposal has been changed or will be
changed, or that it is or will be like that of some other county or
town (Canton's, Belvidere's, Kane's, etc.) I have twice requested, but
not yet received, an official copy of any changes. If and when I
receive a written copy of the changes, I will analyze the situation
and follow up.

Public schools already know the names and addresses of their truants.
Existing laws are adequate to deal with truancy. Of course, it's easy
to play scapegoat and say the truancy problem is because of inadequate
laws. But the real problem--and the real solution--lies within the
public school system itself.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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