Vol. 9, Issue 30   |  November 9, 2016

Election Results

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 the democrats, Hillary Clinton easily carried the state, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth defeated incumbent republican Senator Mark Kirk, and democrat Brad Schneider defeated incumbent republican Congressman Robert Dold. The democrats captured the special election for State Comptroller with Susana Mendoza easily defeating Comptroller Leslie Munger who was appointed by Governor Rauner.  The democrats also maintained control of both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.  
Republicans can point to a few successes in the Illinois General Assembly.  The republicans picked up three seats from the House democrats*, but also lost one incumbent republican seat**. Governor Rauner focused all his efforts and spent tens of millions of campaign dollars to reduce Speaker Michael Madigan's majority.  While the democrats will no longer officially have a supermajority, that supermajority was rarely unified in the current general assembly.  So in practice, the addition of three republican seats in the House probably will not change legislative outcomes.  

The republicans also picked up two seats in the State Senate.  However, even with these additional seats, the democrats still have a fairly unified supermajority in that chamber.
The election results point to continued strength by democrats on the state level, now holding both U.S. Senate seats, four of the six Statewide Constitutional Officers and strong majorities in both chambers of the general assembly.  But the republicans control the most important statewide office of Governor. Regrettably, neither party may see enough change to suggest a change in their current approaches which have resulted in gridlock.
The Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield on November 15th for the Fall Veto Session.  At this point, we do not expect much significant action to take place, but as always will alert you to any important developments.
*  Incumbent House Democrats fell in at least four races and incumbent House Republicans fell in one race, so net change, plus three for Republicans:

1)  In the 71st House District, Republican Tony McCombie defeated incumbent Mike Smiddy, D-Port Byron, 63 percent to 37 percent with 92 percent of precincts counted.

2)  In the 79th House District, in what’s thought to be the most expensive legislative campaign in the state at $4.5 million, Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, fell to her GOP challenger, attorney Lindsay Parkhurst, 46 percent to 54 percent.

3)  In the 117th House District, Republican Dave Severin ousted Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, 53 percent to 47 percent.

4)  And challenger Jerry Long is leading Rep. Andy Skoog, D-Peru, 49.4 percent to 50.6 percent, in the Illinois House District 76.

5)  One Republican incumbent fell: Dwight Kay of Edwardsville, who lost to Democratic challenger Katie Stuart in the 112th House District.

**  Republicans Picked Up Two Seats in the Illinois Senate:

1)  Incumbent Gary Forby, D-Benton, was defeated by Republican Dale Fowler in the 59th Illinois Senate District.

2)  In the Illinois Senate District 47, Democrat John M. Sullivan retired and Republican Jil Tracy ran an uncontested race and won.

Library Referenda

Brighton Memorial Library District:
Shall all of the territory in, Macoupin County within the boundaries of the Southwestern Community Unit School District No. 9, be disconnected from the Brighton Memorial Library District, Brighton, Illinois?

         Votes   Total Vote Percentage

Issue bonds for new library

  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes   4,303
No   4,808

Crystal Lake:
Issue library bonds

  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes   8,429
No 10,563

Fox River Valley Library District:
Increase tax limiting rate

  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes   7,520
No 14,920

Helen Plum Library District:
Increase tax limiting rate

  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes  20,392
No  18,176

Webber Township:
Library disconnection from the C. E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District

         Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes   479       44.68%
No    593       55.32%

White Oak Library District:
Increase tax limiting rate

  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
Yes   8,407
No 12,189

Constitutional amendment: Revenue for transportation

In late September, ILA had discussions with the Illinois State Library and our legislative consultants on the proposed Illinois Constitutional amendment (HJRCA0036) regarding state transportation.
It was determined that there are certainly significant unresolved issues concerning the effect of this amendment, and if approved, the precise scope of the amendment would likely be subject to litigation.  The amendment, however, should only be applied prospectively.  
As a result, the amendment would not invalidate current statutory grant programs benefiting libraries.  Library grant programs will always be subject to appropriation by the Illinois General Assembly and that is why ILA must always fight for library grant funding.  The transportation funding Constitutional amendment would raise many issues about future transportation related fee programs, but should not directly impact our efforts to secure grant funding under the current law.

ILA shared these findings with the three Illinois Library Systems.
  Votes   Total Vote Percentage
No      985,245
Yes   3,690,927

Program Proposals Due Friday, November 11

The deadline to submit a program proposal for the 2017 Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) has been extended to Friday, November 11. Be a part of the conversation and share your best practices with children and teen services staff during these times of change. 

Submit your proposal today!

Job opportunities

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