ILA E-Newsletter

Property Tax Freeze Proposal Dead for This Year
November 9, 2017
Senate Bill (SB) 851, the property tax freeze proposal, is dead for this year.  While it did pass out of the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 75-32-1, it was not filed or voted upon in the Illinois Senate.  Plea…
Diane Foote Selected As the Next Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association
October 31, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the hire of Diane Foote as the organization’s next Executive Director. Diane Foote, 50, boasts a long history of effective leadership, both as an Executive Di…
Webinar On Energy Rebates and Incentives For Libraries
October 16, 2017
Energy Resources Center is excited to join with Illinois Library Association in hosting a webinar highlighting the many rebates and incentives available to Libraries for energy efficiency projects around the state. This webinar is free of charge and …
Governor Signs ILA's Three Bills
August 30, 2017
ILA introduced three bills this year and all passed both chambers in the Illinois General Assembly successfully.  The Governor recently signed all three: House Bill 373, Public Act 100-0245. This legislation amends the Illinois Local Library Act…
ILA Comments to the FFC on Net Neutrality
August 17, 2017
The Illinois Library Association represents not only its 3,000+ members, but the millions who depend on academic, public, school, and special libraries. Our mission is to “enhance learning and ensure access to information for all,” and fu…
FY 2018 Federal Library Funding Remains Secure, For Now
July 20, 2017
On July 19, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the same funding levels passed by its Labor–HHS Subcommittee last week. The action was another significant step toward ensuring FY 2018 funding of $231 million for the In…
Library Referendum Bill Not Called for a Vote
July 10, 2017
Illinois Senate Bill (SB) 864 is the proposal that, if signed into law, would prohibit annexations without a front-door, binding referendum. After multiple discussions with the sponsor in the House (C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100, Jacksonville), no amendmen…
Three Library Bills Pass the Legislature, Off to the Governor for Signature
June 3, 2017
On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned without passage of an FY 2018 budget.  On June 8, the Illinois House of Representatives will convene hearings in Chicago on the ramifications of the $14 billion bill backlog and its impact …
Doyle Wins ALA Immroth Award
June 1, 2017
ILA Executive Director Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award, presented by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT). The award will be presented on Saturday, June 24, at the IFRT Awards Reception …
Federal Budget Proposes Huge Cuts
March 16, 2017
On March 16, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his preliminary budget proposal for 2018.  In addition to drastic cuts across a wide range of departments and agencies, the proposed budget calls for the elimination of all federal funding to the…
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