Legislative Update -- September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

We are pleased to share some context and interpretation around two newly-signed-into-law pieces of legislation that amend the Public Library District Act and will affect operations in these libraries going forward. We thank the Illinois State Library and ILA's own legislative consultant for this information; please note, individual library directors and boards should always consult their own attorneys before taking action with regard to these or any other legislative changes. 

  • House Bill 2222, Public Act 100-0746: This bill addresses eligibility of residents to serve as library trustees, and establishes requirements for length of residency and a prohibition on being in debt to the district. Read more.
  • Senate Bill 2488, Public Act 100-0875:  If the board of directors of a public library determines to extend library service privileges to nonresidents (someone that has their residence outside the boundaries of a public library service area), they may now extend use to someone that “leases/rents” taxable property within the library service area for “commercial/business” purposes without the payment of a nonresident fee. Read more.

Public Policy Committee Update: ILA's PPC met on Monday, August 27, and began to discuss potential legislative priorities. The committee meets on the first Monday of each month (August 27 because the first September Monday was Labor Day) and works closely with the ILA legislative consultant to refine a set of recommendations to bring forward for ILA Executive Board, which will approve priorities at its November 29, 2018 meeting. Then, ILA's legislative consultant will draft language and find sponsors; and we'll begin to advocate for (or against!) new laws or changes to laws that affect libraries. Our series of Legislative Meet-ups will continue once again in February 2019. Please stay tuned!

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