Reopening Chicago Public Libraries on Mondays
Sure to go down in Chicago history as one of the more problematic decisions to come out of the mayor’s office was this January’s announcement to close all Chicago Public Library branch locations on Mondays. Attributed to budget cuts, this strategy aimed to avoid staff reduction by closing neighborhood branches on Mondays. Libraries act as a source for learning and a hub for community activity. The backlash by aldermen and citizens subsequently led to the overturning of this decision. Branches were reopened in the fall in time for the school session (but that’s another topic altogether).
Best of Chicago 2012