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June 27, 2022

Atlanta Public Library Board skirting requirement of filling vacant board seat –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On August 12, 2017

ATLANTA, IL. (ECWd) –

The Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Public Library District have failed to fill a vacant trustee seat for several months. the vacancy originally occurred when Anne Heironymus resigned and her resignation accepted at the March 10, 2016 meeting – she said she was moving to Lincoln, Illinois in April of 2016 – she was last elected in 2013 and her 6-year term ends at the election in 2019.

According to Section 30-25 (b) of the Illinois Public Library District Act of 1991, 75 ILCS 16, any vacancies on the board of trustees must be filled immediately:

“Vacancies shall be filled forthwith.”

(b) All vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the remaining trustees until the next regular library election, at which time a trustee shall be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term. If, however, the vacancy occurs with less than 28 months remaining in the term, and if the vacancy occurs less than 88 days before the next regular scheduled election for this office, then the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. If the vacancy is in the office of a trustee of a library district with an appointed board, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the remaining trustees. Vacancies shall be filled forthwith.

The statute is clear; vacancies must be filled immediately. It originally became vacant more than 17 months ago. However, Sarah Little was appointed to fill the vacancy at the May 2016 meeting. Sarah Little resigned, and her resignation was accepted on March 9, 2017 – more than 5 months ago.

The APLD board of trustees appears to have never read the applicable statute governing their public body – otherwise they would not be taking their sweet time filling this vacancy.

This is but one, in a long line of statute violations this board has actively participated in.

They cannot deny this is willful and intentional because they all know it is a 7-member board, unless they never look at their own website.

We call on the residents of this library district to demand the vacancy be filled immediately, as the law requires.

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3 Comments
  • Jannie
    Posted at 18:28h, 12 August

    If we give them the benefit of the doubt 🙂 maybe they’re hoping to find someone that will stay longer. The last person stayed less that a year as a board meeting. May 2016 – March 2017.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 00:50h, 19 August

    You really have nothing better to do with your time than this lol

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 07:23h, 19 August

      No. We don’t. This is our mission.

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