Library Secretary of State Jesse White has announced more than $15 million in funding to libraries statewide through Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants.

Per Capita grants help fund library expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

“Libraries are important cornerstones of a healthy community that provide valuable services for people of all walks of life,” Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) said. “These grants will help make sure libraries remain a lifeline to my district and provide my constituents access to all sorts of information about world. A library is often the only readily available source of information needed by people and it is crucial that we provide them the necessary funds to better assist the public.”

Libraries in Jones’ district will receive almost $150,000 in funding under the grants. The following libraries are receiving funds:

School Name



Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District



Blue Island Public Library

Blue Island


Calumet Park Public Library

Calumet Park


Crestwood Public Library District



Acorn Public Library District

Oak Forest


Palos Heights Public Library

Palos Heights


William Leonard Public Library District



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Budget ResponseSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the governor’s budget address:

“Unfortunately, the governor’s spending plan for this year balances the budget on the backs of the poor, elderly, mentally ill and working families. He cannot continue to cut his way out of the mess he created. The governor’s attempt to solve the state’s budget deficit with cuts to critical services disproportionately affects minority communities.

To say the least, his plan slashes funding for youth employment, after school and addiction treatment programs when these programs have been established to aide our most vulnerable communities. What we should have heard from the governor was a plan to address the crisis he created within the health care system.

Instead, he proposed a four percent cut to Medicaid which is totally unacceptable when hospitals are already suffering. The governor has expressed publicly that he does not have control of this state and I refuse to stand by and watch my community suffer at the hands of Governor Rauner and his useless political agenda.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after voting to override the governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding reform measure:

“Our governor’s attempt at holding our children’s education hostage is just another political ploy.”

The governor’s plan would strike close to $500 million away from in Chicago Public Schools.

“I voted in support of evening the playing field and delivering a quality education to youth throughout Chicago, as well as the rest of the state.”


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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus SPRINGFIELD – In response to the governor’s State of the State address, State Senator Emil Jones III (D- Chicago) released the following statement:

“Our health care system is in a crisis right now. It is unfortunate that the governor did not mention the hospital assessment in his address. The reality for hospitals in my district and in surrounding areas is the dire need for additional revenue. We have had hospitals turn patients away because they do not have enough resources to aid the most vulnerable. It’s simple—access to quality health care is non-negotiable. We are demanding the governor to be fair and compassionate during budget talks. It is difficult to work in good faith with a governor that continues to propose cuts to essential health care services.”

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SPRINGFIELD – Barack Obama may be celebrating his birthday outside the White House this year, but State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wants to make sure the former president is not forgotten.

Jones passed legislation during the legislative session that designates Aug. 4 of each year as Barack Obama Day in Illinois.

“President Obama is a man who has inspired millions with his decades of dedicated public service,” Jones said. “He deserves to be honored for his continuous hard work for the people of our nation, our state and our communities.”

Obama worked as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago after graduating from Columbia University and was elected to the Illinois State Senate to represent the 13th District in 1996. As a state senator, he helped pass ethics reform, negotiated welfare reform and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.

The former president went on to be elected to represent Illinois in the United States Senate in 2004 before becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States in 2008.

Senate Bill 55 passed unanimously in both houses and Gov. Rauner signed it into law.

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