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Now’s the time! Illinois’ Regional Library Systems need your help!
No money has been received this fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2009, which leaves the library systems unfunded. Money was allocated by the General Assembly, but payments have not been released.
Payment decisions are made by the Comptroller, Dan Hynes, but Governor Quinn also has influence. Unfortunately, library systems are not the only agencies in this situation. The problem is getting the attention of the comptroller and the governor. This is where you come in:
Take five minutes of your time today and go to www.saveillinoislibraries.com. An easy-to-use form is available on the front page. Put in your information and use it to send emails to Comptroller Hynes and Governor Quinn asking them to release the money for library systems.
Our goal is 3,000 e-mails each to Comptroller Hynes and Governor Quinn. This has worked for library funding issues in other states, and it can work here, too.
Once you’ve sent your messages, go viral! You'll be able to ask your friends, colleagues, and co-workers to participate via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or MySpace, all with one simple click.
The governor and comptroller need to hear from people all across the state, so please take a minute to send them a message, and ask your friends to help us, too.
For more information about systems and why Illinois libraries and library users need them, visit: www.saveillinoislibraries.com