Illinois Secretary of State hands out library grants -

Illinois Secretary of State hands out library grants

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois school districts are getting library grants.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who also is the state librarian, said he has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to 679 school districts serving more than 1.8 million children.

Libraries can use the money to buy books, subscribe to electronic resources, or upgrade their technology.

The grants ranged in size from hundreds of dollars for smaller districts like Abingdon in western Illinois to thousands of dollars for larger ones, including about $241,000 for city of Chicago schools.

The grant money is part of White's budget that comes from the state's general revenue funds, said spokesman Henry Haupt. It's unclear when districts might get the money. The cash-strapped state has been slow in paying its bills.

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