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Legislative Update -- March 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
A special legislative update was sent out on Tuesday, March 7 with information about House Bill 2789 (HB 2789).  The email explained that under HB 2789, Illinois libraries would only be eligible for state funding grants – is…
Secretary Giannoulias to Libraries: We’re United Against Banning Books
March 7, 2023
Secretary Giannoulias to Libraries: We’re United Against Banning Books   Amid coordinated efforts throughout the nation to ban books from library shelves, Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias has drafted legislation designed to su…
Member Spotlight - Joy Lang
February 27, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Joy Lang. Joy is an adult services associate at the Joliet Public Library. Joy is a current member and past manager of the Reaching Forward Forum. We asked Joy to tell us a little about herself a…
Legislative Update -- February 16, 2023
February 16, 2023
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker proposed his FY2024 state budget to the Illinois General Assembly. In his speech, the Governor proposed: Fully funding the FY2024 certified state pension contribution. If adopted by the legislature, pension contributions …
Member Spotlight - Melissa Gardner
February 6, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Melissa Gardner. Melissa is the assistant director of the Palatine Library District and served as president of ILA in 2017. We asked Melissa to tell us a little about herself and answer a few pro…
A New Staff Member Joins ILA
February 1, 2023
We are pleased to announce that Becca Boland will join the ILA staff as our iREAD Content and Development Manager on Monday, March 6, 2023. Becca has been the Supervisor of Advisory Services for Skokie Public Library since 2020. Previously, she serve…
Member Spotlight - Gwen Gregory
January 23, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Gwen Gregory. Gwen is a past president and current member of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL) and a former member of the ILA Conference Program Committee, 202…
Legislative Update -- January 19, 2023
January 19, 2023
Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias Releases the Transition Team Report Secretary Giannoulias has released the Transition Team’s report, which focused on improving driver services facilities, ethics and office policies, library enhancements, s…
2023 ILA Executive Board Candidates
January 13, 2023
The ILA Nominating Committee has announced the 2023 candidates for election in the spring of 2023.PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES(three-year term beginning July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026)Amy Byers (Chatham Public Library District)Ashley Stewart (…
Legislative Update -- January 5, 2023
January 5, 2023
ILA is pleased to present once again Library Days and Dates 2023-24, prepared by attorney Phil Lenzini for libraries' guidance in planning around key dates for filing public notices and/or various actions required by municipal (city, village, and inc…
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