From a letter to the editor, Rockford Register-Star, 10/4/2011.
I was raised in Arizona using the public library system. I left the Rockford Public Library today without a library card, but I felt relieved when I thought I was eligible for the Cherry Valley Library.
But I left with no library card in hand and tears in my eyes because an out-of-district resident must pay $140 a year to use the library here.
The Rockford area as an example
$115 annual fee
Based on the taxable value of propery of primary residence
(Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe + other areas)
$120 annual fee
$140 annual fee
Depends on assessed value or rent.