Libraries Win Money in Budget Sweepstakes

There is no guarantee that any of the so-called member initiatives (“pork” to most) in the budget sent to Governor Rod Blagojevich will ever reach local governments and charitable organizations, but if it does it isn’t just municipalities and townships who will end up in the winning circle.

Four libraries will get to claim some money, variously called earmarks, member initiatives or just pork.

These earmarks or pork came from State Representatives Mike Tryon, Jack Franks and Mark Beaubien. State Senator Pam Althoff has another $1.3 million which has not been identified in budget line items.

And, here there are:

  • Algonquin Library District – $12,500 for technology and software upgrades
  • Cay Library District – $5,000 for technology and software upgrades
  • Crystal Lake Library District (which does not exist as a district) – $20,000 for technology and software upgrades
  • Huntley Library District – $12,500 for technology and software upgrades

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