ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Pritzker delivered his FY2022 budget address.  The Governor’s budget proposes approximately $41.6 billion in spending, contains no general tax increases, makes the full certified fiscal year pension contr…
COVID-19 Update -- February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021
Vaccine Eligibility for Libraries in Illinois CountiesWe're continuing to monitor progress with county departments of health across the state. Our list is updated in real time as we receive information; new this week: Cook County will not include lib…
Legislative Update -- February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021
The most significant legislative news this week for libraries is all budget-related. On the federal level, ALA reports progress for libraries within the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Reconciliation spending package: $200 million for LSTA including …
Legislative Update -- February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021
ALA Action Alert! Build America's Libraries ActIntroduced on January 28 by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Build America's Libraries Act (S. 127) would provide $5 billion in funding to repair, modernize, and construct library facilities …
COVID-19 Update -- February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021
We are continuing to monitor library workers' eligibility for vaccination by county; see Vaccine Eligibility for Libraries in Illinois Counties. Please also let us know at if you have reached out and/or learned about status…
Legislative Update -- January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021
Here at ILA, our annual series of Library Legislative Meet-ups launches tomorrow! While they're all virtual this year, they're still anchored regionally and we'll start off with South Suburban at 10 a.m. See the full schedule and lists of p…
COVID-19 Update -- January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021
We continue to hear more news about vaccine eligibility for library staff. Please keep in mind that eligibility is only one component among several in the actual administering of vaccines; availability and distribution of doses, which are not wi…
ILA Statement Condemning the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
January 27, 2021
The ILA Executive Board approved the following statement on January 26, 2021. With the perspective of a few weeks between these events and now, ILA acknowledges they have long-standing root causes and will take a long-term approach to solve. The Illi…
COVID-19 Update -- January 21, 2021
January 21, 2021
One week after launching ILA's suggested language for outreach to county health departments regarding library staff eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine, the following counties have agreed for library workers to be eligible for the vaccine: M…
Legislative Update -- January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
The legislative leadership world seems turned on its head this week, with a first-time-in-history second impeachment of a sitting U.S. President, and the stunning news here in Illinois that Speaker of the House Michael Madigan was suspending his camp…
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