Library Referendum Bill Not Called for a VoteJuly 10, 2017
Illinois Senate Bill (SB) 864 is the proposal that, if signed into law, would prohibit annexations without a front-door, binding referendum. After multiple discussions with the sponsor in the House (C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100, Jacksonville), no amendment was filed on this proposal, and SB 864 was not called for a final floor vote. The bill has been re-referred back to the House Rules Committee, which means for now, it cannot be called for a final vote.
ILA's Executive Board voted to oppose SB 864 because it would impose onerous guidelines on library district annexations. ILA contends that at minimum, such a bill should include minimum population thresholds and be applied to school and park districts, not just libraries. The bill runs counter to ILA's goal of universal library service and unduly burdens a process that is generally not abused.