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6/24/2011 2:12:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Belleville Revision No Improvement

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Illinois: Belleville Revision No Improvement

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Belleville:

Following your awesome showing at the last Board of Aldermen meeting,
the Chief of Police agreed to revise the proposed daytime curfew
ordinance.

We have now had an opportunity to analyze his revisions. They are for
the most part mere window dressing. They do not change the
fundamental nature of the ordinance as a daytime curfew.

Scripture acknowledges the government's role in making people fear to
do wrong. But a daytime curfew makes people fear to do what is right.

HSLDA, Illinois Christian Home Educators, and local homeschool leaders
will continue to work to protect the fundamental liberty of freedom of
movement in Belleville.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please take action only if you live in the Belleville area.

1. Clear your calendar for the evening of July 5 at 7:00 p.m. The
Board of Aldermen will bring up the ordinance for consideration at
that time.

2. If you have a personal line of communication with any aldermen,
contact them personally and ask for their support in preventing a
daytime curfew.

BACKGROUND

The original and revised ordinances are available on our website.

Original ordinance:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11605

Revised ordinance:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11606

The basic change in the revised ordinance is that the daytime curfew
provisions were shifted from section 30-1-33 to section 30-1-44.

The revised ordinance deletes all references to homeschooling. While
this is an appropriate change, the ordinance remains repugnant to
fundamental freedom because it criminalizes the basic human right to
move about during the daytime.

Daytime curfews tend to spawn litigation. If Belleville enacts a
daytime curfew, another loser could be the taxpayer--who will be given
the city's legal bill to pay if a lawsuit follows some day.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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