Dear Illinois Patriot,
���� The Senate Education Committee met on February 15 to hear testimony from state administrators as well as opponents to SB 136 – the Home School Registration Bill.
���� Capitol police estimate that the number of opponents of the bill who attended the hearing was 4,000 or more.
���� Proving that the intent behind this bill was not merely to register home school children, one administrator admitted his intention to knock on every door of a home schooled child.
���� The following exchange took place between Committee Member Senator Luechtefeld and a Truancy Officer:
���� Senator Luechtefeld: “If they register – will you go to any house and see if you can help?”
���� Truancy Officer: “Yes, sir.”
���� Senator Luechtefeld: “Even those that are doing a really good job?”
���� Truancy Officer: “That’s right. And I’ll know very quickly as I knock on the door; the ones that are doing a great job won’t let me go. They’ll want me to come in. The ones that say we don’t want you around I’ll know to take further action.” (emphasis added)
���� Senator Luechtefeld: “I still don’t see how this changes things just because they register.”
���� Truancy Officer: “It gives me the name and opportunity.”
���� What this Truancy Officer doesn’t seem to understand is that government entities are accountable to the people, the people are not accountable to government entities.
���� This officer seems to suggest that all home educators should be considered guilty of neglect until they prove themselves innocent by allowing government agents into their homes with no evidence of wrongdoing. This is a dangerous assault on our Fourth Amendment rights.
���� The Fourth Amendment states, “The right of the people, to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
���� Clear constraints are placed on government entities under the Fourth Amendment. Yet the officer’s interpretation of SB 136 is that the law would allow him to enter the home of any registered child without cause to gather evidence against them, and proof of their guilt is simply denying him entry into their home.
���� In an interview prior to the hearing, Senator Maloney, the sponsor of SB 136, admitted he was unaware of any problems with home educators.
���� Reports surfaced before and after the hearing that Senator Maloney had withdrawn SB 136. These rumors are false.
���� Members of Senator Maloney’s staff have admitted that, “SB 136 is not currently on the table, but what plans he has going forward are not clear.”� He has been meeting with different organizations and is “in negotiations.”
���� In plain English, SB 136 is not yet dead, and Senator Maloney is working behind the scenes on a compromise.
���� Compromise is a dirty word when it means losing freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
���� Please do the following:
��� * Call Senator Maloney at 217-782-5145 and tell him to fully withdraw SB 136. Tell him you will not accept any bill that interferes with your right as a free citizen to educate your children free of government intrusion.
��� * Call your own state senator and urge them to oppose SB 136 in any form.
��� * Sign the Illinois Campaign For Liberty petition urging Senator Maloney to withdraw SB 136 if you have not yet done so.
��� * Pass this email on to your contacts.
���� Please be aware that many reports have claimed that SB 136 is dead. It is extremely important we spread the word that this battle is not yet over!
Interim Illinois State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty