Judge blocks Illinois law requiring moment of silence

Nov. 16, 2007
Federal judge orders Illinois State Board of Education not to enforce law while lawsuit is pending.

A federal judge has ordered the superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education not to enforce a new state law mandating a moment of silence at the start of the school day. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman says his move is meant to preserve the status quo while a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law goes forward. The order prevents the state schools superintendent from issuing any directions or orders for the moment of silence to be held, but only Township High School District 214 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago is under a preliminary injunction barring the moment from being held.

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