ILA E-Newsletter

A Message from the Reaching Forward Committee
March 15, 2020
Valued Illinois library colleagues, Following several days of deliberation, discussion, and exploring options, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Reaching Forward Conference that was to be held Friday, May 1st at the Donald E. St…
Legislative Update -- March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
Clearly the coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news cycle and our attention, and has legislative repercussions as well. First, the upcoming session of the Illinois General Assembly, scheduled for 3/18-22/2020, has been CANCELLED. We do not yet …
Update on ILA Events
March 12, 2020
In the best interest and well-being of our community and to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ILA has made the difficult decision to cancel these upcoming events: ILA Trustee Forum Workshop (March 14) IACRL Teaching Online in Pl…
ILA Events and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 10, 2020
Dear ILA Community,  In response to Governor Pritzker's disaster proclamation yesterday following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) in Illinois, we would like to update you on upcoming and future ILA events. At pr…
Coronavirus Resources
March 6, 2020
Information about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is being continually developed, updated, and shared. Libraries and library staff are urged to consult authoritative sources such as the CDC, the WHO, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. ILA ha…
Legislative Update -- March 5, 2020
March 5, 2020
LSTA & IAL Federal Funding URGENT ACTION REQUESTED!! For the fourth year in a row, the proposed White House budget seeks to completely eliminate IMLS and the funding it administers through LSTA. Fortunately, the U.S. Congress sees the value …
Legislative Update -- February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020
Illinois Legislative Issues The second session of the 101st Illinois General Assembly is well under way, and ILA is following a number of proposed bills. ILA's Public Policy and Advocacy Committees are meeting on Monday, March 2; see the full li…
Legislative Update -- February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020
Budget News! Governor Pritzker presented his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly yesterday, and recommends appropriation of $15.128 million for our grant programs in his FY2021 budget. This is more than a 21% increase over FY2020 (current…
Legislative Update -- February 6, 2020
February 6, 2020
ILA's Public Policy Committee met on 2/5/2020 and discussed the current status of bills ILA is following, opposing, and supporting, in particular: Library trustee qualifications:  We seek to limit "indebtedness" preventing library dist…
Legislative Update -- January 30, 2020
January 30, 2020
Last week we shared information about HB 4135, a proposed law enabling library district boards to collect a 1% tax on recreational cannabis sales from dispensaries located in the district. Since then, we have examined the potential impact t…
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