Legislative Update -- November 17, 2022

November 17, 2022

Library District Board Vacancies Bill
The Illinois General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday, November 15, for the 2022 Fall Veto Session. Senator Laura M. Murphy introduced SB 4232, a new bill that amends the Public Library District Act of 1991. The bill provides that district library board vacancies prior to May 27, 2022, may be filled by the State Librarian within 60 days. On Wednesday, November 16, Sen. Murphy’s bill was filed, adopted, and passed onto a larger bill, HB 4073, which passed the Senate. We will keep you updated on the status of the bill.

Workers’ Right Amendment
One week after the election, the Associated Press projected the Workers’ Right Amendment passed with a simple majority of all votes cast across the state. The amendment protects the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively on a range of issues. Illinois is one of a handful of states, including Hawaii, New York, and Missouri, that guarantee the right to collective bargaining. 

Secretary of State-Elect Community Survey
Alexi Giannoulias, Secretary of State-Elect, has launched revupillinois.com, which asks Illinoisans to share their ideas and priorities for Secretary of State services. You can share your feedback on the community survey, which includes library enhancements on the list of issues. This is an opportunity to advocate for the goal of statewide access to online resources. Illinois is one of two states that do not provide database access to libraries. Giannoulias will take office on January 9, 2023, succeeding Secretary Jesse White. 

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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