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Monday, September 11, 2017

Library Law Updates

2 new laws amend certain provisions relating to Illinois libraries, as follows:

Advisory Referenda

P.A. 100-0462 amends the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act to add language in those Acts to authorize members of the respective library boards to place an advisory question (referendum) on the ballot. The authorization to place an advisory question on the ballot must be approved by vote of the majority of the library board members. 

If approved by a local library, the question would be placed on the ballot at the next regularly scheduled election in the city, village, incorporated, town, or township in which the public library is located. 

If approved by a library district, the question would be placed on the ballot at the next regularly scheduled election in the district.

Local Library Reporting

The Illinois Local Library Act requires the library to submit a report to the city, town, village, or township (as the case may be) within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year. That report must contain information about library revenues and expenditures, property, and various other information. P.A. 100-0245 modifies the reporting requirements to change the time-frame for a public library's submission of a statement of its financial requirements to be included in the municipality's appropriation and tax levy ordinances to require submission no less than 60 days prior to when the municipal tax levy ordinance must be certified.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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