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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