Press Conference Monday

June 15th, 2010

Since many of you shared this information with us today — sent out by the City’s communications department, we thought we should share it as well. We’re not sure about any of the details and are eager to hear more about the “Branch Library Plan” which will be unveiled on Monday at the press conference. We urge you to attend, and perhaps we can get any questions answered then, but for now this is what we know, straight from the City’s Media Advisory:
Media Advisory – Senator Schoenberg & Mayor Tisdahl to Unveil Branch Library Plan
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will announce a proposed partnership between the City of Evanston and the State of Illinois that could pave the way for restoring branch libraries within the city.
Under a plan crafted by Senator Schoenberg, an Evanston-based office of the state’s Department of Employment Security and the Evanston South Branch Library would seek to relocate jointly in a location in South/Southwest Evanston. The joint arrangement would provide significant cost savings for both the state and the city while reshaping the delivery system for providing information and job-related services in the community.
Faced with a sizable budget deficit entering into the current fiscal year, the Evanston City Council had initially called for the closure of the North and South Branch Libraries in an effort to help eliminate part of that deficit. Just prior to the passage of the final city budget, the Council funded the branch libraries through August and allowed for community members and organizations to raise, through private sources, the necessary monies to cover the operations for the remaining six months.

“This can be a win-win solution for everyone,” said Mayor Tisdahl. “Sen. Schoenberg’s proposal would save money at the South Branch Library, thus freeing up resources for the total Evanston Library System.”

Who: Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jeff Schoenberg and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl
What: Press Conference to discuss a state/city partnership to aid Evanston’s public libraries
When: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Evanston Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Community Meeting Room

One Comment (Leave a Reply)

  1. Antony (June 17, 2010)

    Watch the press conference live on Evanston Online at 3:30pm on Monday. Simply log onto and watch.

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