The top funding sources for Illinois adult literacy programs are the community college board and the secretary of state’s office. That got us wondering: What does the Secretary of State have to do with literacy?
Turns out, the Illinois Secretary of State is also the Illinois State Librarian. Through that, the office distributes $6 million a year in literacy grants to local tutoring programs.
The library – and state archives – have been part of the secretary’s job, at least informally, going way back to Illinois’ first secretary of state, a guy named Elias Kent Kane, who later was a U.S. senator from Illinois.
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