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UPDATE Parents vs. State + Districts DeVore Lawsuit

Updated: Jan 9, 2022



1/9/22: Awake IL President shares a *CALL TO ACTION* below. If you have a student in one of the 146 school districts named in the #DeVore court case but you are NOT a named plaintiff, please submit your information to this petition for presentation to the court ASAP.

SHARE with your communities. This is time-sensitive and is to be completed before the Jan. 20th hearing. This DOES NOT apply to private schools, only public.



 

1/8/22: This past week, dozens of parents and leaders from around the state gathered in Springfield on the eve of the DeVore parent TRO case hearing. We shared stories of how being denied due process by our school districts and the state has affected our families and children. We shared fellowship and laughs before attending the court hearing the next day. The courtroom in Sangamon County was PACKED with dozens of parent plaintiffs (overflow had to watch via online stream outside the courtroom or from home) and no fewer than 20 defendant attorneys.

Plaintiff attorney Thomas DeVore provided a post-hearing update Wednesday evening, God Bless him. You may view it here.


Awake IL President shares a *CALL TO ACTION* below. If you have a student in one of the 146 school districts named in the #DeVore court case but you are NOT a named plaintiff, please submit your information to this petition for presentation to the court ASAP.

SHARE with your communities. This is time-sensitive and is to be completed before the Jan. 20th hearing. This DOES NOT apply to private schools, only public.

Listen to a message from Awake Illinois Director Steve Lucie (and We Stand For Students leader) below where he discusses a call to action for school boards and administrators. Based on the remarks from school board attorneys in the courtroom, this is an opportunity for communities to be better represented by those who are elected to serve them.


The next court hearing is Thursday, January 20th at 9:30am in Sangamon County.

 



12/31/21: The IEA request to intervene in the DeVore parent lawsuit was DENIED by Judge Grishow yesterday. Their desperate propaganda attempt failed to discredit parents, Attorney Tom DeVore, and Awake IL. This is a victory for due process and a great way to end 2021! Stay tuned for updates as the case is heard next week in Sangamon County.




11/22/21: Many of the Awake Illinois community are plaintiffs and/or supporters of this unprecedented lawsuit against 145 school districts and the state of Illinois. As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to say "thank you" to all advocates who support parental and constitutional rights in Illinois. We are grateful for the tireless work of so many wonderful citizens fighting for children and our liberties. Feel free to share this graphic on social media. The QR code links to the lawsuit plaintiffs' statement. #ILGrateful #700ParentsUnited #DeVoreForKids Stay tuned for updates on the trial date now that the case has been assigned to Sangamon County.


UPDATE 11/1/21: Governor Pritzker lawyers ask to move lawsuit to either Chicago or Springfield AFTER Attorney General agreed to MaCoupin county, IL.



This latest request will delay the hearing by perhaps 2 weeks. Stay tuned!


Two prominent cases this week resulted in judges granting temporary restraining orders against Covid mandates:




 


 

Governor Pritzker faced loud protests at an event this morning. They chanted "Fire Pritzker" during the entire event but refrained during the Pledge of Allegiance.


 

Please consider writing a "thank you" letter to the IL legislators who spoke for your 77,000 combined witness slips last week by voting "NO" to #SB1169. Voting records for House and Senate here:






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