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The NIWA (Northern Illinois Waterfowlers Association) addresses the ACLU with possible case and Violation of Rights even if we are a Minority Hunting Public!

Below is the Official Opinions of the NIWA. All statements made in the letter are just mere Opinions and that is Why the NIWA seeks the help of ACLU in regard to possible Rights Violations to said Public lands & waters! NIWA request if case has merit that the ACLU take Action to protect the rights of the people and yes that includes the Minority Recreational Hunting Public of the state of Illinois.

The Northern Illinois Waterfowlers Association (NIWA) objects to any and all discriminatory policies & laws in the state of Illinois that deliberately and openly deny equal access too, fail to provide for the equal enjoyment of, and written with total lack of regard for a segment of the recreational “public”. “Public” in terms of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people for the public good. Current County Forest Preserve Districts (CFPD) policies and laws of Illinois fail to provide for “public” lands that can be readily enjoyed by a minority recreational hunting “public” (MRHP). The current laws and policies are discriminatory in our opinion and are specifically aimed at limiting the recreational enjoyment of and equal access too lands and waters deemed “public” by many of the County Forest Preserve Districts (CFPD) in the State of Illinois.

The CFPD’s of Illinois obtain monetary funding that is sourced through general state tax revenues and federal government tax revenues. Specific taxes are added to all county property taxes for the funding of CFPD lands and waters. CFPD’s funding is also actively sourced through state and federal grant programs that are partially or wholly funded with tax moneys generated by an added burden to the MRHP of Illinois. The MRHP is one of the few recreational groups in Illinois that pay extra taxes and are required by law to purchase specific licenses for the purpose of and for the access too “public” lands and waters. These are specific taxes, levied upon the MRHP for the management and purchase of “public” lands and waters. These “public” lands and waters are provided for the enjoyment of all recreational users no matter what their practice. This extra tax burden levied upon the MRHP make this segment of the recreational public a majority donor. Despite this, the current CFPD policies and laws actively discriminate against the MRHP. All other forms of “public” recreational activities & facilities exist on CFPD lands and waters and all other “public” user groups have access to these lands and waters. The only “public” user group wholly denied access too such “public” lands by the CFPD, as a governing authority is the MRHP.

The Northern Illinois Waterfowlers Association (NIWA) and the minority recreational hunting public (MRHP) of Illinois who’s ranks are made up of individual tax payers and majority monetary contributors to these lands and waters ask that the ACLU actively review the merits of this case and review the current CFPD articles and laws that prohibit and discriminate against the MRHP of the state in our opinion. We ask that the ACLU read Article 615 Short title. This Act may be cited as the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. (Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

The NIWA on behalf of the MRHP objects too any possible violation of the Public Trust Doctrine that holds the “public” lands and waters of Illinois in trust. This doctrine should also be reviewed as it clearly outlines the authority of lands and waters deemed to be “public” or held in “public” trust. The CFPD’s as a “local” natural resource governing agency, have used their authority over these lands and waters too discriminated against the MRHP in our opinion. The NIWA on behalf of the MRHP urges the ACLU to review these and other policies and text related to this matter such as local CFPD mission statements.

NIWA has researched local county ordinances prohibiting “all” discrimination and civil violations based on “practice”. This “practice” of recreational hunting opportunities that the recreational hunting public is denied too of these lands and waters deemed to be that held in public trust. Enclosed please find all legal research that may be of interest to the ACLU and this case of discrimination based on “practice”. We also believe as our opinion that the state of Illinois has committed dereliction of duty in their lack of vigilance to protect the interest and rights of the “public” as a whole including all minority recreational groups. This dereliction of duty in our opinion also applies to the CFPD’s of Illinois who hold lands and waters deemed to be “public” by public trust doctrine.

The Northern Illinois Waterfowlers Association hopes that the ACLU recognizes the civil violations in our opinion that have been allowed to transpire throughout the state and local county policies that permit such discrimination in our opinion, denial of equal recreational opportunities and the lack to protect all of the peoples rights to said lands and waters deemed to be that of the public interest or held in public trust.

The NIWA and the MRHP are “public” residents of the state of Illinois and of the counties of said FPD lands and waters. As an active segment of the “public” we ask that our recreational needs and demands to these lands and waters deemed to be “public” be met.

The NIWA and the MRHP of the state of Illinois feel confident that the ACLU will see these actions or lack of actions by the governing authorities as “discriminatory” in our Opinion. If the outcome of this case is less than equal use or access of those “public” lands and waters the NIWA and it's fellow MRHP of the state of Illinois wish to see that all tax generated funds levied upon the MRHP be denied for use by these County Forest Preserve District agencies. Our Tax dollars should also be denied to those state agencies that in turn deny the recreational sport hunting community of the state equal access and equal opportunities on said lands and waters deemed to be “public”.

The NIWA and the MRHP would like to know how there can be lands and waters that are held in public trust and deemed to be “public” and yet do not meet the needs of the entire recreational public. It is said many times over that these lands and waters are “public”. If this holds true, even minority recreational hunting opportunities and developments of these lands and waters should be a part of the CFPD’s policies to meet the needs of the entire “public”. If this does not happen then these lands and waters are not entirely public in our opinion and if they are not “public” this is a clear case of discrimination by “practice” in our opinion. The “practice” of hunting by the MRHP as a “public” user of the “public” CFPD lands and waters.

The NIWA and the MRHP as a “public” recreational group of the state of Illinois asks that the ACLU review Illinois and county “public” land and water laws and the policies that allow such blatant discrimination in our opinion against a minority public recreational group of the state of Illinois. We also hope that the ACLU actively seeks a discrimination case brought against all County Forest Preserve Districts of the state of Illinois that participates in these discriminatory actions in our opinion.

The NIWA is requesting that all Recreational Hunting Sportsmen of Illinois write to the IL - ACLU or call the IL - ACLU asking that they review the case for possible Violations of Our Rights and that action be taken accordingly so that even our interest as a Minority public to these lands and waters are served to the fullest degree. Please contact the IL ACLU at The office and ask them to review the NIWA Report sent to them by the NIWA Association.
They can be contacted via phone (312-201-9740), fax (312-201-9760), or postal

ACLU of Illinois
180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 2300
Chicago IL 60601

PS. Urgent : Recreational Hunting Sportsmen of the state Of Illinois let's see what you can do or what we can do to make our demands and interest to these lands and waters known and met. Time to stand and be Counted!

Northern Illinois Waterfowlers Association
Vice President
William J. Smith
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