I've heard that members at large of the IL Senate may not yet know about this bill as it is one of about a hundred introduced last Thursday. Every home educator should contact the five committee members assigned to SB0136. All of their offices are closed right now. So, if you're kindof a chicken like me, you can just call and leave messages tonight registering your disapproval. I called all five and it took me less than 10 minutes total. I used a short script--basically just what the next paragraph says. And I let them know that I had let about 500 homeschoolers know of this bill and had encouraged each and every one of them to register their disapproval as well.
Contact the following five IL Senate committee members and let them know you do not approve of homeschoolers and private schools having to register in "conformance" and "accordance" with procedures (that could mean ANYTHING) prescribed by the State Board of Ed. This could open a Pandora's box of regulation and intrusion by the state on the rights of parents to educate their children as they see fit.
Edward Maloney 773.881.4180 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Clayborne Jr 618.875.1212 http://jamesclayborne.com/contact-us/contact-senator-clayborne.html (submit a message to him at this site)
Don Harmon 708.848.2002. email@example.com
Kimberly Lightford 708.343.7444. http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/index.php/contact-me-lightford (submit a message to her at this site)
Kirk W Dillard 630.969.0990. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale Righter 630.235.6033. http://dalerighter.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=3 (submit a message to him at this site)
You can get to the bill via this news alert.
Please forward this to any/all homeschool lists and home educators you know in the state of IL and let's get a huge grassroots response going! Please include all your friends in the private schools as well--I am sure they don't want the State Board of Education having a foothold to require "conformance" with whatever "procedures" the SBOE dreams up.