Vol. 9, Issue 33   |  December 28, 2016

Bloomington is Not Normal

An article on the Illinois Leadership Summit in the December 2016 ILA Reporter incorrectly stated that the summit was held in Bloomington, when it was in fact held at Illinois State University in Normal. We apologize for the error, which was not meant to offend either of these outstanding central Illinois communities--thanks to Brian Chase, director of the Normal Public Library, for bringing this to our attention!

ILA Member Spotted on CBS Evening News

Tina Louise Happ, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, was part of a surprise reunion between her husband's step-brother, Air Force Master Sgt. John Lang, and his 20-year old hockey-loving daughter at her first Blackhawks' game. The feature was part of holiday surprise visits from members of the armed forces and families across the country. 

Be sure to watch to the end to see Tina.  Please click here to view video.

The Budget Impasse Impact on Our State

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 universities is at the heart of why many people choose to live in one state or another, and Illinois has long been known for some of the best....

Then came the end of state budgets. Since then, money for higher education has been sporadic, unpredictable and insufficient. Current funding will end with the expiration of the state’s stopgap spending plan on Dec. 31, and the universities have no idea when they will see more funding. They are in crisis mode: freezing hiring, cutting staff and delaying maintenance.

When a state cannot be bothered to write a budget, a public university cannot plan. It cannot offer certainty about tuition or faculty pay or what programs will continue on.

Should anybody be surprised, then, that Illinois this fall suffered a net outmigration of 16,000 higher ed students? Our state is losing bright young people to other states. They will embark on careers and offer their talents elsewhere.

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In the News

Library-related stories appearing in local news media to alert and inform the Illinois library community about issues and events that are considered significant by the general media.

Farewell to the Reader in Chief

Fox River Valley Library District Ends Effort to Build New Library Carbondale Public Library Hires Third Social Work Intern to Help Homeless

Joliet Public Library Helps Provide Winter Supplies to Local Homeless Population

January 7 is the Deadline to Submit a Nomination for the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project

Obama Foundation's Daunting Task: Raising Money for His Library

Park Ridge Library Staff Consider New Types of Technology for Checkout

Glenview Board of Trustees, Library Board Races Shaping Up

Former Trustee Hopp, Banned from Library, Running for Gail Borden Board

There's a New e-library in Rockford: Five Things to Know

Scholars Fret about Fate of 'Holy Grail' German Abbey Books

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