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Legislative Update -- March 25, 2021
March 25, 2021
Illinois General Assembly: Per Capita and Media Literacy Moving ForwardThe ILGA is in its last week of session before spring break March 29 through April 9. During that time, redistricting hearings will continue. March 29 is the deadline for substant…
Connect Illinois: PCs for People
March 24, 2021
Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration by the State of Illinois, PCs for People, and various community partners, Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers to those in need. This initiati…
ILA Supports APALA in Condemning Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
March 18, 2021
In light of the horrendous acts of violence that have and continue to affect Asian-American communities in the United States, ILA stands with its colleagues at the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning the increase …
Legislative Update -- March 11, 2021
March 11, 2021
IL House and Senate SchedulesAs reported last week, the 102nd Illinois General Assembly has begun work to introduce and discuss bills in House and Senate Committees. While the Assembly itself has not passed rules enabling it to meet virtually, the co…
Legislative Update -- March 4, 2021
March 4, 2021
As the 102nd Illinois General Assembly gets to work in committees to deliberate pending legislation, ILA is continually analyzing what's been introduced and developing positions. We are posting these on the Illinois Legislative Issues web page, …
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…
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