The well-regarded North Suburban Library System, which links local libraries into a large group, pretty much shut down at the end of May because the state didn't make its payments. Now, another of Illinois' multi-library systems has reached its last chapter.
The Metropolitan Library System, which links libraries in Chicago and suburban Cook, DuPage and Will counties, is suspending many services effective June 30. Plans call for ending consulting and continuing education and maintaining only a skeleton staff for back office operations.
The state's regional library networks are going out of business not because the Legislature voted in favor of that but because the state just isn't sending along the money it has appropriated. Numerous other state services and programs, including Illinois' public universities, are in the same boat -- waiting months for money that has been promised but never shows up.
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