Community fights for library funding

CHAMPAIGN -- Dozens took part in a heated debate over funding for the public library. It's in need of half a million dollars to stop cuts in staffing and operating hours.

Mayor Don Gerard said, while the library already has strong city support, he's open to a long-range funding plan. People in the community say the library is the foundation of education and needs a second look.

"The library is just kind of the heart of the community. 3,000 people a day, people just love the library. It's an information source," director Marsha Grove said.

The city council voted to move forward with the discussion and look at revenue options.

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