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6/27/2011 3:25:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Heads Up for Statewide Daytime Curfew-Truancy Craze

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Illinois--Heads Up for Statewide Daytime Curfew-Truancy Craze

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Is your town or county considering an ordinance making it a crime for
a young person to move about during the daytime? Or a truancy
ordinance that places a heavy burden on homeschool families?

A surprisingly large number of Illinois municipalities have suddenly
gotten the urge to impose daytime curfews or harsh truancy ordinances.
We urge families in every town and county to watch for copycat
proposals.

The best way to get advance warning is to find out the date and time,
and then attend the regular meeting of your council or board of
aldermen. The meetings are usually monthly.

Families in each town and county may want to join efforts to make sure
at least one homeschool representative attends each board or council
meeting. If that is not possible in your area, the next-best option
is to read carefully the agenda and minutes of your municipal council
or board. They are usually published on the internet. Protection of
your freedom may depend on you!

HSLDA has recently helped families fight daytime curfew or truancy
ordinance issues in Salem, Belleville, Boone County, Canton, and
Carlinville. We are looking into a report that Fairview Heights is
considering a daytime curfew.

HSLDA has no independent way to find out if a town or county is
considering a harmful ordinance. We rely on local families to let us
know!

The proponents of daytime curfews promise they will deliver lower
crime and higher graduation rates. They don't. They don't even
create fear in the hearts of persons who are already inclined to defy
the law. (Truancy jumped 73% during the 10 years after Belvidere
adopted a daytime curfew.)

Daytime curfews only create fear in the hearts of persons who already
respect the law. They make people afraid to do what is right: to move
about freely during the daytime.

Working together, we can fight--and win--the battle for your freedom
on the municipal level!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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