The State of Illinois continues to be without a budget, and without a budget, libraries will receive NO state grant funding. For The Urbana Free Library, this is approximately $52,000, or 13% of our income that does not come from the City. Approximately 90% of the State’s budget has been set by consent decrees and court orders. Per Capita Grant Funding for libraries is in not in that 90% and is endangered.
Also, federal grant funds for library services are based on state support, so a reduction in library grant funding in the state budget equates to additional lost federal dollars.
Approximately 80% of the Library’s budget comes from local property taxes, and there is the additional possibility of the State freezing local property taxes. This will not balance the State’s budget but takes local control away from local governments and school districts.
Please join me in contacting our elected officials in some way to let them know that you value what libraries provide, that you would like the State to pass a budget which includes Per Capita Grant funding for libraries and does not freeze local property taxes. If you click here: https://www.ila.org/advocacy/take-action, you can submit a prepared email which states:
A state budget compromise is long overdue. The failure to pass a budget has impacted every person in every corner of the State. From the most basic services government must provide to protecting the most vulnerable citizens, the lack of funding is punishing all of Illinois. Without a State budget, libraries will receive NO state grant funding. Without State funding some local libraries will close. All libraries will have to reduce services, and the State will lose millions in federal grant funds. The time to act on a budget is NOW.
If you have questions, please contact me. I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you.
Celeste Choate, Executive Director
Governor Bruce Rauner
217-782-0244 (Springfield); Office of the Governor, 207 State House, Springfield, IL 62706
Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan
(217) 782-5350; 300 State House, Springfield, IL 62706
Representative Carol Ammons
217-531-1660; 407 East University Avenue, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61820
Senator Scott Bennett
217.355.5252; 45 East University Avenue, Suite 206, Champaign, IL 61820