Friday, January 22, 2010

Evanston Branches on the Chopping Block

Link to January 20 Chicago Tribune article, "Evanston to close branch libraries". (via Twitter)

Excerpt: At age 14, Teddy Keenan already is a veteran of one grass-roots campaign to save Evanston's two branch libraries and is gearing up for his second battle to keep them open.

With the branches once again on the chopping block to cut costs, the Haven Middle School student is ready to spring into action.

"I'm upset that after fighting so hard two years ago we have to do all this again," Keenan said. "This time it sounds like a lot more serious of a threat, and I've been working a lot harder on it."

The City Council is struggling to close a $9.5 million budget deficit and has had to consider some hard choices, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said. The council is expected to vote on the budget in February.

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