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Jan 31

History of the Sherman Library District


Edited: Sep 14





The proposition passed by a vote of 201 to 156


Building just under 5,000 square feet


The first board hired Anita Walters to serve as the Director of the new library district until she retired June 30, 2016. Anita was aided by a staff which included Dawn Rutschke, Dr. Ted Morrissey, Mona Bentley, Phyllis Sanderbeck, Vicki Bryant and

Katheryn McKennedy.



Prior to Anita retiring the library underwent a large expansion project in 2015 nearly doubling the library to a little under 10,000 square feet.





Building just under 10,000 square feet following expansion project


The library board hired Rachel Kocis to serve as the Director following Anita's retirement. Rachel is currently aided by a staff which includes Dawn Rutschke,

Dr. Ted Morrissey, Phyllis Sanderbeck, Becky Miller, Isabella Marcolini and

Eileen Nelson.


The Sherman Public Library tax rates have varied over the years, see the chart below.












2013-2020 Budget Projections
















Feb 24Edited: Feb 24



Understanding the April 2, 2019 ballot for Sherman Public Library Trustees

Sherman Library Trustees serve a six (6) year term of office. However, if a Trustee leaves for some reason before their six (6) year term has expired, the seat can be filled as an "unexpired term". Therefore, on April 2, 2019 you are asked to vote for "Not more than two (2)" for a (Six Year Term), "Not more than one for an (Unexpired Four Year Term), and "Not more than one for an (Unexpired Two Year Term). This is because two Trustees obviously left their seat before their six year term expired.


Notice the wording is "Vote for not more than........" This is letting the voter know that only the stated number of candidates can be elected. It is not instructing the voter how to vote. It is only informing the voter that voting for more than the stated number is OVER VOTING. It is perfectly OK to UNDER VOTE!


Sep 14Edited: Sep 14

Published in the Sun-Times September 13, 2019

See historical 2013-2020 comparison above



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