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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…
We Are Here: A Statement on Inclusion from the Illinois Library Association
January 13, 2017
As this new year begins, the Illinois Library Association (ILA) has a message for its member libraries and the people who use them. That message is simple, but powerful. No matter who you are or what you need, we are here for you. For libraries, libr…
The Budget Impasse Impact
December 28, 2016
The Chicago Sun-Times (December 21, 2016) editorialized about the more than 114,000 Illinoisans who left for other states in the past year, including higher ed students and faculty. Here's an excerpt from the full text: The quality of public universi…
Election Results
November 9, 2016
While the national election results are likely to bring dramatic changes, the results in Illinois likely will not. Both parties will be able to point to victories at the state level, but the overall balance of power will not shift significantly. For …
ILA Urges ISBE to Allocate ESSA Funding to School Libraries
September 19, 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016 Tony Smith, Ph.D. Illinois State Superintendent Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 100 N. 1st Street Springfield, IL 62777 Dear Superintendent Smith: According to recent media reports and a Saturday, September 10, 20…
Date Set for Workshop on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
September 6, 2016
The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) is partnering with IHLS, ILA, ISL, RAILS, and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in collaboration with American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) and …
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