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Bill Introduced To Give School Boards The Power To Issue Mask Mandate

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On August 28, 2021

Illinois (ECWd) –

We really encourage people to stop and think about the message yet another proposed law sends.

Representative Andrew S. Chesney (R), has introduced HB4131  entitled “SCH CD-SCHOOL BOARDS/MASKS“.

“Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board or the governing board of a nonpublic school has the authority to determine, in consultation with the local health department, whether to implement mask-wearing requirements for school staff, students, and visitors when the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency related to COVID-19. Effective immediately.”

While we totally agree with the local control this bill would maintain, there is a bigger message people need to understand.

School Boards across the state have adopted a mask-wearing requirement.  If they actually had the power to do that, there would be no need for this bill.

In short, they have no such authority unless this bill passes.



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  • Nanny
    Posted at 08:20h, 28 August Reply

    NO to illegal mandates & jabs !! Leave our kids alone !!

  • Mags
    Posted at 14:15h, 28 August Reply

    So they have not have the authority to do what they have been doing the past year and a half. Go figure. And these very same school boards called the police on parents at school board open meetings for not wearing a mask or not wearing it properly.

  • kathiann
    Posted at 15:22h, 28 August Reply

    The state is behind the 8 ball, trying to make laws to get what they want….those mandates they could not legally enforce. They keep getting tripped up on this….but in the meantime, they sure can keep the school boards in fear using threats from ISBE and IHSA as phantom enforcers of his mandates, sort of like how the governor tried to use the state police, last year, who in very few instances actually went along with it. The citations couldn’t hold up in court.

    What’s amazing is the assembly refuses to back him up. All they have to do is pass a bill that lets him do what he wants. My guess is they think he’s doing pretty okay on his own, and well, with an election coming up, there are plenty who are content not to vote for giving him one man rule. He’s doing okay just by taking it.

  • jannie
    Posted at 17:40h, 28 August Reply

    So Nanny – you’d rather see the kids sick and the schools closed because of all the kids out. weird logic there.

    • PK
      Posted at 23:43h, 28 August Reply

      No. That’s an incorrect interpretation. You may wish to search on keywords “nanny state” for more information.

  • PK
    Posted at 21:53h, 28 August Reply

    Many schools can manage without an executive office mandate. Many have also been clamoring for “local control.” From the Windy City, the Pritzker administration is trying to micro-manage their way to another term. The Illinios state covid-19 response is, was, and cintinues to be a political circus.

  • Spike Protein
    Posted at 21:52h, 30 August Reply

    HB4131 would give local school districts the authority to issue local mask mandates. This is an authority that local school districts do not currently have.

    I typically believe in local control, but I don’t believe that any level of government should have the authority to impose mask mandates.

  • Spike Protein
    Posted at 09:48h, 31 August Reply

    Dan Ugaste and Joe Sosnowski have joined Andrew S. Chesney in sponsoring HB4131. All three are Republicans that I consider to be RINOs.

    HB4131 would give local school districts the authority to issue their own local mask mandates. This is an authority that local school districts do not currently have.

    I believe in local control, but that doesn’t mean I want to give local officials so much power that they become petty little tyrants.

    Local school boards in Illinois currently don’t have the authority to issue mask mandates.

    Why would we want to give them that authority?

    A local dictator is easier to vote out than a distant dictator at the state or federal levels, but no dictator is good and I would never support creating a structure that would allow local school boards to become tyrannical and run roughshod over individual freedom.

    It’s bad enough that the governor can impose mask mandates. We don’t need to give local school boards the same authority.

    I’m very angered by the fact that three Illinois Republicans actually want to give Illinois school boards the authority to impose mask mandates. I have to wonder what sort of corrupt deal that they worked out with the Democrats to make them want to do this.

    • Truth Teller
      Posted at 10:27h, 05 September Reply

      So you rather see people die, children become infected and fighting for their lives in hospitals. The Edgar County Watchdogs continues to be a source of misinformation on what should be a public health emergency. Masking is one way to stop the spread of the Delta variant. Ignorance has no place in this state. The Edgar County Watchdogs are supporting that Ignorance.

      • Kirk Allen
        Posted at 13:16h, 05 September Reply

        Please cite what misinformation you speak of.

      • HT
        Posted at 09:47h, 10 September Reply

        What TRUTH are you telling? Based on some commie’s Ministry of Truth?

        Answer these questions before you can even appear to have any brain cells:
        1- Why are countries with almost 100% of their population vaxxed continue to show increases in cases and serious hospital treatments? Israel, Iceland, Gibraltar, etc.. Also, why are people who are vaxxed, only surround themselves with similarly vaxxed sheeps, still get infected, and in some cases, required major hospital care?
        2- Why are leftist havens such as LA county, Hawaii, where masks have been strictly enforced on people for over a year now AND are mostly vaxxed, still see rising cases?
        3- What happened to the seasonal flu? Did it just take a break to give the CCP virus the right of way?
        4- Why is the inventor the mRNA technology (Robert Malone) being ignored and even censored when he published materials to educate people on how that technology works and how it should never be used for the general population?
        5- Why ignore the CDC data on the VAERS, where it’s clear that with only 6 months of data from these so-called vaccines, the adverse events have either surpassed or close to the levels of adverse events accumulated over more than 30 (!!) years of ALL existing true vaccines?
        6- Are you even aware that the so-called FDA approval is actually for a version of the Pfizer vaccine that is NOT currently available? The current Pfizer version of “gene therapy” is STILL for emergency use order.
        7- What happened to “my body, my choice?” Or does it only apply if one wishes to kill an innocent and helpless life?
        8- Where is the data that children are being infected or die en masse from this CCP virus?

        I doubt you can or will be able to answer any of the above questions without breaking out into a triggered tantrum, so maybe just get back in your basement, mask up, toke up or shoot up, and take a permanent nap.

        Interesting you’re even using the word “ignorance” to put down others’ opinion, where folks like you are the classic definition of IGNORANCE. Or, maybe, the modern day leftists have already redefined words to fit their narrative, and have enlisted ineffective and lazy folks like you to parrot their talking points.

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