ILA E-Newsletter

School Libraries Need Your Help NOW!
March 6, 2015
Federal legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) could have a major impact on school libraries, and Illinois voices need to be heard NOW. Senator Mark Kirk could play a role in supporting an amendment that would pro…
Oppose Mandatory Statewide Public Library Filtering Legislation
February 23, 2015
Rep. Peter Breen (R-48th District, Lombard) has introduced House Bill 2689 to create the Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act, requiring each public library to have a "technology protection measure" to prevent the display on a public computer o…
Governor's Budget Unveiled
February 18, 2015
Governor Rauner unveiled his proposed 2016 state budget today. Among the most sweeping changes to state operations proposed are huge cuts to Medicaid, social services, and programs for the disabled; almost immediate termination of current state defin…
Governor Recommends Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to Operate as an Independent Agency
February 18, 2015
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency currently manages the state's historic sites, such as Lincoln's Tomb, the Old State Capitol, Cahokia Mounds, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). Except for ALPLM, Rauner wants the…
Thanks to All!
February 18, 2015
We have just concluded three legislative meet-ups in Tinley Park, Oak Brook, and Buffalo Grove. To all those who attended, many thanks! Our next event is Friday, March 6 in Edwardsville. Pictured at right: U.S. Congressman Bob Dold at the Buffalo Gro…
2015 ILA Legislative Palm Card
February 18, 2015
The 2015 ILA Legislative Palm Card is now available on the ILA website, featuring ILA's legislative priorities for the 99th Illinois General Assembly 2015 Spring Session and the 114th U.S. Congress First Session. If you're not meeting with your local…
Need More Help than a Palm Card? The Importance and Purpose of Library Advocacy
February 18, 2015
Advocacy simply means to actively support a cause. Libraries are our cause. Many people in the community recognize libraries are an important asset; but there are people who think that technology has made library services obsolete and the current eco…
ILA Executive Board Determines Position on Key Legislative Bills
February 10, 2015
At its February 6 meeting, the ILA Executive Board reviewed more than 30 library bills and determined the association's position on key bills. Legislators have several more weeks to file new bills, and many other bills relevant to the Illinois librar…
Still Time to Register for 2015 Library Legislative Meet-ups
February 10, 2015
Four legislative events are planned to give you an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, special, and academic …
Lee Logan Latest Illinois Library Luminary
February 10, 2015
Congratulations to Lee A. Logan, the newest member of ILA's Library Luminaries, a roster that highlights exceptional service to Illinois libraries. As a past ILA president and longtime staff member of the Alliance Library System, Logan's accomplishme…
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