SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
Illinois State Representative Terra Costa Howard introduced House Bill 4151, with the following Representatives as Co-Sponsors: Daniel Didech, Ann M. Williams, Bob Morgan, Margaret Croke, Sam Yingling, Kathleen Willis and Anne Stava-Murray
HB4151 will make it a crime to orally protest, pass out flyers or handbills, carry a sign, or protest within 300 feet of a school zone.
This is nothing more than an attack on the First Amendment.
People have a first amendment right to peacefully protest, and we can see a scenario where school officials will be determining which types of protests, signs, or handbills they will allow, and also where they consider those with opposing views as criminals.
Particularly at a time when were are seeing more students protesting or staging walk-outs (recent examples are here, here, here, here, here), this Bill does not exempt students or employees of the school from criminal prosecution by simply protesting or carrying a sign in a school zone.
Time will tell if amendments are introduced to exempt students or to bastardize the definition of “protest.”
Synopsis As Introduced:
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of disorderly conduct in a school zone. Provides that a person commits the offense when he or she: (1) knowingly displays signs, engages in oral protest, education, or passing leaflets or handbills within 300 feet of school premises, from one hour prior to the start of the school day until one hour after the school day ends; or (2) knowingly approaches within 8 feet of an individual who is within 300 feet of school premises for purposes of displaying signs, engaging in oral protest, education, or passing leaflets or handbills, from one hour prior to the start of the school day until one hour after the school day ends. Provides that disorderly conduct in a school zone is a Class A misdemeanor. Defines “school”. Contains a severability provision. Effective immediately.
Paul KerseyPosted at 08:06h, 23 September
PKPosted at 08:29h, 23 September
Seriously? Given the bill target schools, the synopsis “(1) knowingly display signs, engage in oral protest, ….” couldn’t be more absurd. Perhaps the bill sponsorship are the only people who could display signs, engage in oral protest, etc. and then claim they didn’t know they’re were doing so.
MagsPosted at 09:31h, 23 September
Illinois is going deeper and deeper into dystopia. Who can reign them in? When does the Constitution take over lawless legislation? Lord help us.
Pete MarwickPosted at 09:47h, 23 September
Does this include unions putting up the rats?
TonyPosted at 10:07h, 23 September
Wonder what they do to residents that have homes next to schools that start displays.
If this passed, and it shouldn’t, it should be overturned relatively easily…2 years after passage.
RogerPosted at 10:54h, 23 September
Wonder if carrying a blank sign board would count… asking for a friend
MagsPosted at 13:49h, 23 September
She had nothing to say about the BLM riots last year. Weren’t they exercising their first amendment? That is what we were told. Going down slippery slopes here with our freedoms. People wake up and see this for what it is. Tyranny and lawlessness.
DavePosted at 16:25h, 23 September
They are our enemy
Jan SPosted at 20:36h, 23 September
Not too long ago there was talk about “Action Civics” – teachers giving students course credit for participating in protests (like BLM)
So they promote the concept only when they get to pick the target.
Dennis FineganPosted at 22:51h, 23 September
This is nothing more than an attempt to silence protest and will fail at the first court case. I suspect that legislators with actual knowledge of the law won’t let something as ridiculous as this ever pass.
LauraPosted at 14:45h, 29 September
Rules for Thee….
Yet, here she is INSIDE COD rallying with teacher’s union
She also spoke at Peaceful Protests (mostly!) in Lombard and Glen Ellyn with BLM