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Illinois Humanities 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants
June 2, 2021
In 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $135 million in funding to assist humanities and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). As the state affiliate for the …
Legislative Update -- May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
Media LiteracyHB 234 Media Literacy, which passed the House on April 20, passed the Senate this week and will head to Governor Pritzker's desk in the next month to sign into law. ILA and AISLE supported this legislation, which amends the School Code …
COVID-19 Update -- May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021
On May 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-10, aligning the State of Illinois' mask mandate with recently released CDC guidelines. Executive Order 2021-10 preserves the right of local municipalities and individual busine…
Legislative Update -- May 13, 2021
May 13, 2021
Springfield UpdateThe Illinois General Assembly has begun FY2022 budget discussions. Through April the state has collected approximately 84% of its annual $43.5 billion revenue estimate, ahead of its 82.2% historical percentage; excluding federal sti…
2021 ILA Executive Board Election Results
May 10, 2021
Congratulations to the newly elected ILA Executive Board members!  PRESIDENT-ELECT Heather Jagman (DePaul University) - Elected  Michelle Nielsen Ott (Methodist College)  DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Mary Jo Matousek (Aptakisic-Tripp School Distr…
Register Today to Attend the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition
May 6, 2021
Attend the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) this summer! The library event created and curated for the library community. The June 23-29, online event will offer featured authors and celebrity speakers; educational programm…
Legislative Update -- April 29, 2021
April 29, 2021
Springfield UpdateThere are just over four weeks until the May 31 spring legislative session target adjournment date.  As of now, there are arguably three main issues before the legislature: the FY2022 appropriations package; redistricting of le…
Legislative Update -- April 22, 2021
April 22, 2021
Springfield Update Friday, April 23 is the deadline for bills to pass out of their origin chamber (House or Senate) without an extension. HB 234, which will require public high schools to include media literacy in the curriculum, passed out of t…
Legislative Update -- April 15, 2021
April 15, 2021
American Rescue Plan Act: Follow-up ResourcesWe are continuing to share resources and encourage libraries to position themselves to be able to access library-eligible funds available through ARPA: ALA's upcoming Chapter Advoc…
Go For Real Anti-Counterfeiting Initiative
April 14, 2021
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) have teamed up on the Go For Real Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign. This public education campaign gives consumers -- especially young consum…
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