Vol. 9, Issue 19   |   June 30, 2016

Stopgap State Budget Approval 

The Illinois General Assembly approved legislation (Senate Bill 2047) this afternoon funding most of the FY2016 budget, and adopting a "stopgap" six-month budget for FY2017. The governor is expected to sign the legislation. While this legislation has been agreed to by all four legislative leaders and the governor, it is understood that additional budget work must still be done to adopt a full-year 2017 budget, and perhaps even retroactive 2016 appropriations. However, that work will likely be delayed until January 2017.
Under SB 2047, library grant programs through the Illinois Secretary of State's office would be held at already approved funding for 2016, and that same level of partial funding for 2017. ILA must therefore continue to fight for full funding for both the coming year and the year just concluded.
One area fully funded for all of 2017 is K-12 education at approximately $7 billion, a $361 million increase over 2016. All K-12 schools will open without delay this fall, and all districts will receive at least as much as they did last year. Higher education will receive approximately $1 billion in additional appropriations, and college student MAP grants for 2016 would be fully funded; MAP grant funding for 2017 is not included in the stopgap budget. Road and other capital projects would be funded, as would significant human service programs. 
Significantly, this budget legislation addresses none of the concerns raised by the governor in his "Turnaround Agenda"—no term limits, no redistricting reform, no changes to workers compensation or collective bargaining rights, no tort reform nor a property tax freeze. In adjourning the House of Representatives, Speaker Madigan forcefully noted that a budget compromise was only possible when the governor was willing to set aside his personal agenda.
This partial budget simply puts off a full fiscal 2017 funding plan until after the November 2016 election. It does nothing to pay down the current $8 billion is past due bills. It does not include pension reform that would decrease the state's pension liability. It does not change current court orders, which require spending in excess of current revenue. This budget deal does represent bipartisan progress, but it is unclear if or when further budget progress might be achieved.

Obama Library Names Architects

The Obama Foundation today named two architectural teams, including Chicago's Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), to design the Barack Obama presidential library and center.

The foundation is not yet tipping its hand as to whether the facility will go to Jackson Park or Washington Park, saying only that the center will be located “on Chicago's mid-South Side.”

Pairing with IDEA will be New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA). According to a statement by the foundation, they "will lead a multi-disciplinary and wide-ranging design and engineering effort that may ultimately include 15 other firms."

TWBTA received the 2013 Medal of Arts from President Obama. Among the firm’s best-known designs are the Barnes Foundation center in Philadelphia, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, Ca., and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

IDEA is a minority- and women-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) firm, headed by Dina Griffin. The firm generally collaborates with others, such as on the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Upcoming events

Poster Session Submission Deadline
Friday, July 1, 2016

iREAD meeting
Friday, July 8, 2016 11:00am–3:00pm
Normal Public Library, 200 College Ave., Normal, IL 61761-2552

Illinois Library Leadership Summit
Monday–Tuesday, July 11–12, 2016 1:00pm
Illinois State University, Alumni Center, 1101 North Main Street, Normal, IL 61761

LIRA Full Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:30am–11:30am
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Two Pierce Place, 2nd floor, Rooms E & F, Itasca, IL 60143

ILA Executive Board meeting
Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:00pm–4:00pm
Illinois State University, Alumni Center, 1101 North Main, Normal, IL 61761

2016 ILA Orientation Session
for board and committee members, and forum leaders
July 22, Illinois State University Alumni Center, Normal
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Job opportunities

Part-Time Temporary Reference Librarian | Art Institute of Chicago

Research and Instruction Librarian (Full Time and Part Time), 2 Positions | Six Mile Regional Library District

Faculty Librarian Subject Specialists, Two Positions | University of Central Missouri

Library Director | Taylorville Public Library

Reference Librarian | Lindenwood University

Library Director | St. Charles Public Library

Head of Children's Services | Woodridge Public Library

Health Sciences Librarian | Midwestern University

Librarian | Hickey College

Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager | Naperville Public Library

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