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ILLINOIS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Equip for Equality (Northeastern Illinois)
20 North Michigan Avenue,
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 341-0022
FAX: (312) 341-0295
Toll Free: (800) 537-2632
Toll Free TTY: (800) 610-2779
Email: contactus@equipforequality.org
Website: www.equipforequality.org

Equip for Equality (Central Illinois)
235 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-544-0464
FAX: 217-523-0720
Toll Free: 800-758-0464
TTY: 800-610-2779

Equip for Equality (Southern Illinois)
300 East Main St., Suite 18
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 457-7930
FAX: (618) 457-7985
Toll Free: (800) 758-0559
TTY: (800) 610-2779
Executive Director: Zena Naiditch
Email: zena@equipforequality.org

Christian Home Educators Coalition (CHEC) of Illinois

PO Box 47322, Chicago, IL 60647-0322
Phone/Fax: (773) 278-0673
Email: chec@chec.org
Website: http://www.chec.org

Christian Home Educators Coalition of Illinois is a state organization whose purpose is to preserve homeschooling liberties in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Christian Home Educators

P.O. Box 307, Russell, IL 60075
Phone: (847) 603-1259
Fax: (847) 360-9875
Email: info@iche.org
Website: http://www.iche.org

Illinois Christian Home Educators is a not-for-profit Christian organization composed of families dedicated to the success of home education in Illinois.

ICHE was started in December of 1983 by four Christian families seeking the support and fellowship of like-minded home educators. They decided to form ICHE for the purpose of encouraging the establishment of distinctly Christian support groups; compiling information helpful to the creation of such groups, and making it available to support group leaders.

ICHE is governed by a Board of Directors and is not a membership organization. ICHE is largely staffed by volunteer home-educating families. Its affiliation with Christian support groups is informal; at no cost to these groups. Its annual operating budget is met through the monies received for various publications, books and conferences each year, as well as generous donations from the friends of ICHE.

Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE)

P.O. Box 5203, Peoria, IL 61601-5203
Phone: (309) 589-1307
Email: info@apachecentralillinois.org
Website: http://www.apachecentralillinois.org

CHESS of Illinois

11110 Revere Road, Mokena, IL 60448
Contact: Brenda Luchene
Phone: (708) 479-2728
Fax: (708) 479-9045
Email: homeducator@sbcglobal.net

CHC

Based in Chicago, IL
Contact: Alice Hollowed
Email: ahollowed@hotmail.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChicagoHomeschoolCoop/

We are a group of homeschooling and unschooling families that meet in the City of Chicago. Currently we meet twice a week. Our activities include group play, field trips, park days, and member-led learning activities, classes and experiences.

Children's Educational Institute, Inc.

1319 Scott Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Contact: Kathryn Durkin / Amy Wolf
Phone: (708) 756-2638
Email: mkebrn@aol.com
Website: http://hometown.aol.com/mkebrn/juniorgolfclubindex.html

We are a homeschool group which meets regularly to provide children with additional learning experiences. We organize field trips, educational classes and athletic activities.

Christian Chicago Area Relaxed Educators (CCARE)

1334 Gunderson, Berwyn, IL 60402
Contact: Julie Polanco
Phone: (708) 484-5014
Email: ejsjp@earthlink.net
Our group is for those Christians who are committed to a lifestyle of learning in a relaxed way. We have monthly support meetings, an e-mail list, regular park days and children's activities, and more.

Christian Home Educating Families (CHEF)

Based in Crete, IL 60417
Contact: Carl Triebold
Phone: (708) 672-5158
Email: ctriebold@aol.com
Monthly meetings, monthly newsletter, field trips, guest speakers.

Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF)

Serving the tri-state area of IL, WI, and IA
Contact: Ellen W
Phone:(608) 348-4521
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/wi/chef/
Description: CHEF is a Christian-based homeschool group serving the tri-state area (IL, IA, and WI) homeschooling community.

Christian Home-Oriented Individualized Curriculum Experience (CHOICE)

P.O. Box 425, Wheaton IL 60189
Phone: (630) 415-3609
Meets monthly, September through May.

College of DuPage Youth Education Homeschool Enrichment

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Contact: Jane Trotter or Cindy
Phone: (630) 942-2849 or (630) 942-2841
Email: trotterj@cdnet.cod.edu
Website: http://www.cod.edu/youth/

Taught by experienced and qualified instructors, our program provides affordable courses throughout the traditional school year for students grades 3-12, including literature, writing, science labs, computer web design, robotics, constiTuition review and so much more!

Cornerstone Christian Homeschool Co-Op (CCHC)

Serving the Will County Area
Website: http://www.cchcjoliet.org/

Cornerstone is a Christian homeschool cooperative in Joliet, IL dedicated to assisting families in nurturing their children by providing excellent instruction from a biblical worldview.

Crestwood Cavalry

5457 W. 137th Place, Crestwood, IL 60445
Contact: Dino Pavoni
Phone: 708-388-9381
Fax: 708-388-8737
Email: crestwoodcavalry@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.crestwoodcavalry.com

Crestwood Cavalry is a homeschool basketball organization. We currently have boys primary, junior high, junior varsity, and varsity, and girls high school.

Crossroads Area Homeschool Association (CAHSA)

Based in Bloomington, IL 61704
Contact: Shelly Nelson
Phone: (309) 662-8396
Email: cahsa.info@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cahsa.info

CAHSA unites Central Illinois homeschoolers where I-74, I-55 and I-39 connect by providing information about activities and academic opportunities. We offer field trips, annual testing, a chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha (National Homeschool Honor Society), B.A.C.H.S. (Homeschool Choir), Homespun 4H Club, Toastmasters, Enrichment Group, Mom's Night Out, Teen Group, Google Discussion Group and The Connection newsletter.

Crossroads In Education

Serving the south Cook County suburbs of Alsip, Oak Lawn, Burbank, Worth and Evergreen Park
Contact: Karen Hoogland
Phone: (708) 388-1496
Email: info@crossroadsineducation.org
Website: http://www.crossroadsineducation.org

A home education study and support cooperative, offering study groups, outings, field trips and other events. Crossroads also offers a newly formed 4-H club to homeschoolers.

Eastern DuPage for Godly Education (EDGE)

P.O. Box 134, Lombard, IL 60148
Email: edgehomeschoolers@yahoo.com

Family of Christian Home Educators (FOCHE)

115 Prairie Manor Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Contact: Mark & Kyla Unick
Phone: (618) 692-1839
Email: foche@charter.net
Website: http://www.foche.net

A Christian, family-oriented homeschool group whose membership can be found in St. Clair County, Macoupin County, as well as Madison County. We meet every other month informally to encourage, answer questions, and support beginning homeschoolers. Various activities are held for children throughout the year, although our emphasis is more on family activities.

Fun Club Too

Based in Lake County, IL Contact: Patty Reinarts
Email: fct_inquiries-owner@yahoogroups.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fct_inquiries/

An inclusive homeschool group founded in 2004, Fun Club Too desires to provide our children with opportunities for social interaction and friendship. We meet weekly on Thursdays and offer field trips, gym days, seasonal parties and community involvement projects.

Grassroots Homeschoolers H.O.U.S.E.

Based in Matteson, IL 60443
Contact: Arlene Olson
Phone: (708) 720-1637
Email: info@grassrootshomeschoolers.com
Website: http://www.grassrootshomeschoolers.com

We are a non-profit organization offering meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wed from Sept through June, a monthly newsletter, field trips, clubs, activities, and more. Open to all!

Greenhouse Home Educators

1756 N 2525 East Rd, Moweaqua, IL 62550
Phone: (217) 768-3214

Highland Hope's Family Homeschool Group

12846 Daiber Rd, Highland, IL
Contact: Karen Paubel
Phone: (618) 654-5315
Email: kmpaubel@ezeeweb.com
A Christian-based homeschool group. Emphasis on support and loving interaction with children. Excellence in academics and training our children in the Lord through homeschooling.

Home Educators Loving Parents (HELP)

Meeting at the Elk Grove Village Library
Email: vicepresident@help-home.org
Website: http://www.help-home.org

The group seeks to provide opportunities that relate to the education of children and support of families. Our supportive efforts include time set aside for fellowship and encouragement through supportive speakers and discussions and also through offerings of resources, workshops, field trips and group activities.

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (HOUSE)

c/o Stout, P.O. Box 216, Ashton, IL 61006
Email: info@illinoishouse.org
Website: http://www.geocities.com/illinoishouse/

A network of dozens of support groups through Illinois.

Homeschool Alliance of Various Educational Networks (HAVEN)

6630 W. Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402
Contact: Lea Dean
Phone: (708) 863-5804
Email: lea_dean@sbcglobal.net
Meets weekly Friday mornings September- May. We offer classes, field trips, a monthy book club and other activities.

Homeschool-Illinois

Based in Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Contact: Nikki Mackovitch
Email: earthstorm@comcast.net
Website:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool-Illinois/ Homeschool-Illinoi is an online support group for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois and surrounding states. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome. We have many offline activities and events as well.

Illinois Home Education

Serving the Illinois Homeschool Community
Contact: Karen Hoogland
Phone: (708) 388-1496
Email: info@illinoishomeeducation.org
Website: http://www.illinoishomeeducation.org

This site is dedicated to providing information on homeschooling in the state of Illinois.

Jackson County Home Educators (JCHE)

801 N. Almond, Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 549-3333
Email: lakejen@peoplepc.com
Meetings every other month, activities, field trips, email network. We also have a high school commencement ceremony once per year.

Kankakee Christian Home Educators

520 S Cleveland Ave, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: (815) 939-3470

Lincoln Area Homeschoolers

Serving Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: (217) 445.2560
Email: lincolnilhomeeducators-owner@yahoogroups.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lincolnilhomeeducators/

A group for home educators in the Lincoln, IL area.

Macomb @ Home

Serving the Macomb, IL area
Email: helen@macombathome.com
Website: http://www.macombathome.com

A support group organizing and coordinating activities in the Macomb area.

Many Rivers Unschoolers

Based in Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
Email: manyriversunschoolers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.manyriversunschoolers.org

An all-inclusive unschooling support group of families from Will County, DuPage County and surrounding counties in the west, far west, and southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We meet weekly in Plainfield, Illinois and for other special events.

Metro East Catholic Home Educators (MECHE)

Serving the Belleville, IL area and Scott Air Force Base
Contact: Dorothy Burke
Phone: (618) 222-9575
Email: burkefamily@yahoo.com
We are a Catholic homeschool support group. Our activities include field trips, first Friday masses, geography night, etc. We have a Yahoo group for member communication.

Mighty Oaks

P.O. Box 1253, Lake Villa, IL 60046
Contact: Leba Miller
Phone: (815) 404-7606
Email: info@mightyoaksonline.org
Website: http://www.mightyoaksonline.org

Mighty Oaks is a local, non-denominational Christian homeschool group for students in 6th to 12th grade. We meet year-round, and our summer activities include educational field trips, community service projects, physical education, arts and crafts, and monthly family picnics. Our academic program begins after Labor Day and supplements homeschool curriculums through classes in debate, public speaking, foreign languages, drama, cooking and more.

Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators (NICHE)

Based in Lake Zurich, IL
Contact: Karen Dempsey
Email: gkdempsey@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ilchc.org

A network of 38 Catholic home schooling support groups around Illinois. Web site is for this year's conference.

Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG) of Chicago

Serving Chicago, IL
Email: juliwalter@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.northsideunschoolers.org

An open support group for unschoolers and homeschoolers in and around Chicago.

Peoria Area Homeschoolers (PAH)

Serving the Central IL area
Contact: Rhonda Jockisch
Phone: (309) 353-6848
Email: rhonda1969@gallatinriver.net
Website: http://friends.peoria.lib.il.us/community/pahgroup/pahgroup.html

The mission of Peoria Area Homeschoolers is to enhance the home education experience. PAH provides an an opportunity for members to provide support, playdates, field trips, and networking opportunities to each other.

Plainfield Area Homeschool

Serving the Plainfield area
Contact: Angie Avers
Email: aversfamily6@msn.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/plainfield-area-home0school-e-group/

The intention is for our group to better network us and inform us of events of interest to homeschoolers. Events may include field trips in Chicago, or state-wide; parties and gatherings; lectures; playgroups; or even something as big as a weekend at the state capital!

Potters Hand Home School Group

Based in Joliet, IL
Contact: Lorri Wilke
Email: pottershand@prodigy.net
Website: http://www.pottershandhomeschool.com

Monthly "Activity Days" provide several classes for kindergarten through 12th grade students. These classes vary and can include topics such as gym, meteorology, reptiles, cooking, occupational info, and professional "assembly-style" programs. Monthly newsletter lists field trips, contests, events, activities.

Riverbend Christian Home Educators Coalition (RCHEC)

Meets @ Abundant Life Community Church, 3986 Humbert Road, Alton, IL
Contact: Carrie Floyd
Phone: (618) 467-8190
Email: teachmetenderly@aol.com
We meet September through May on the first Friday of every month (parties in Dec, Feb, and April), Bowl on the 4th Friday of each month and have Sign Language, Choir & PE on most Thursdays. We also have at least one field trip per month. In January we had a Science/History/Geography fair and in May we have an "End of Year" celebration where the kids are invited to share their talents and parents can give children diplomas.

Sauk Valley Christian Home Educators

1202 Parkview Rd, Sterling, IL 61081
Contact: Tara Gillam
Phone: (815) 622-0617

Scott AFB Homeschoolers

2675 Brookmeadow Drive, Belleville, IL 62221
Contact: Susan Lawson
Phone: (618) 277-1794

Email: dgiles1352@charter.net
Email: ScottAreaMilitaryHomeEducators-owner@yahoogroups.com

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScottAreaMilitaryHomeEducators/

We are a group of military, homeschooling families that live on or near Scott AFB. We are active duty, retired, reserve, National Guard or previous military families. If you are in any way affiliated with Scott AFB or other surrounding military organizations you may join us. We are a Christian group of many different faith backgrounds. Members are not required to share our Christian faith but must recognize the nature of our group and understand that we will not in any way compromise our beliefs.

St. Clair County Christian Home Educators

30 Village Drive, Swansea, IL 62226
Contact: Urban & Carrie Gaxiola
Email: sccche@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.sccche.org

Teaching Homes for Christ Edit Remove

P.O. Box 113, West Chicago, IL 60186
Email: info@teachinghomes.org
Website: http://www.teachinghomes.org

The Prairie Connection

Based in DuPage County, IL
Email: emludtke@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.geocities.com/emludtke@sbcglobal.net/prairieconnection.html

The Prairie Connection is a non-profit, Christian-based homeschooling support group that is open to families of all faiths. We are free of charge, and we meet several times each month in fellowship for fun and educational meetings and activities.

Tri-County Christian Home Educators

40 W. Timbercreek Dr, Yorkville, IL 60560
Fax: (630) 553-3021
Email: karlrpfizenmaierjr@prodigy.net
Website: http://www.appraisalservices.com/tchenews.htm

Wabash Valley Home Educators

Rt 1 Box 760, Sumner, IL 62466
Phone: (618) 456-9004

West Suburban Home School Band (aka The Patriots)

Membership from W, NW, SW suburbs,
primarily DuPage and parts of Will,
Kane,and Cook counties.

Contact: Karen Borow
Email: director@wshsb.com
Website: http://www.wshsb.com

Students range in age from 9 to 19. There are four band levels to accommodate those with no musical training whatsoever to those with advanced experience and abilities. The levels are Cadet, Concert Junior, Concert Senior and Symphonic. There is also The Patriots Marching Band that performs during the summer, and The Little Patriots marching corps for younger siblings.







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