On April 18, Illinois Library Day, library advocates from across the state met with legislators in Springfield to advocate for Illinois libraries. Several RAILS Board members joined RAILS President Alan Davidson at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to support budgets submitted by Secretary of State Jesse White and Governor Quinn. Budget proposals from both the Governor and Secretary of State would keep state grant funding for libraries and library systems at current amounts in fiscal year 2013. Amidst the state’s continuing fiscal crisis and as lawmakers grapple with vexing budget challenges, this promises to be a difficult session.
Your support is vital in the campaign to sustain state funding for libraries at current levels. Please refer to the handy legislative toolkit on the ILA website for more on how you can help. Take a few moments, contact your legislator, and make a difference today!