Register now for the Sept. 22 Business Meeting

Registration is open for the September 22, 2011, CALL Business Meeting:

Registration: 11:30 PM; Lunch: 12:00 PM
Location: Petterino’s Restaurant, 150 N. Dearborn
Cost: $25

Speaker: Margie Maes, AALL Vendor Liaison, will be talking about the Vendor Colloquium Action Plan.

The Community Service Committee will be collecting School Supplies to benefit the Chicago Public Schools Students in Temporary Living Situations program. For questions regarding donations, please contact Robert Martin at or Kevin McClure at

 Your registration must be received by Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Reminder: Registration is NOT complete until you click on the Submit button.

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CALL Committees

Please take note of committee assignments as of July 15th.  If you have any questions or would like to be a member of any Committee, please contact Juli Jackson.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered for a Committee!

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Register for the CALL No-Host dinner in Philly

Registration is now open for the CALL No Host dinner in Philadelphia.  Hopefully you can join us!

Please register at:

CALL No-Host Dinner – July 23, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
City Tavern

138 South 2nd Street at Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215.413-1443

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An Update on Illinois County Law Libraries

Editors’ note: What follows is a mock interview with Jean M. Wenger regarding the current and prospective role of Illinois’ county law libraries with a special focus on Cook County. I hope the article will be of interest to members especially newer members not familiar with county law libraries.

1) What is the landscape for public county law libraries in Illinois?

County law libraries in Illinois are created by state statute, 55 ILCS 5/5-39001. Illinois has 102 counties but not all counties have a law library. However, CALL members benefit from having access to several law libraries in northeastern Illinois staffed by professional law librarians, notably, Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, and Will.

The Cook County Law Library opened on September 6, 1966 and is the first free, public law library for the legal profession and citizens of Cook County. In 1961, the Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation enabling counties to establish a public law library at the county seat of government. The initial legislation excluded Cook County. The Board of Commissioners wanted a county law library open to the legal community and the public. The legislature amended the county law library legislation to include Cook County and in September 1963, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution establishing the Cook County Law Library.

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