Atlanta, Illinois, library allegedly dragging feet on trustee appointment
Although Illinois law says vacancies on library boards must be filled immediately, the Atlanta, Illinois, public library board has left a seat empty since March, the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) contend.
The ECW questioned why the board has not appointed a new trustee in five months to replace Sarah Little, who was appointed in April 2016 after Anne Heironymus, who was elected in 2013, resigned.
Under state law, in the case of a library board vacancy occurring less than 28 months before the end of the term and less than 88 days before the next regular library election, the appointee would serve the remainder of the term. Otherwise, the appointee would serve only until the next regular election.
ECW co-founder John Kraft pointed out that the library's website says the library district is governed by a seven-member board of trustees -- one more than it currently has. He called on residents in the library district to demand that the board appoint a new trustee immediately.