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Banned books to bomb threats

 The new law in Illinois banning book bans has led to more serious things, with multiple locations in Chicago having to evacuate their buildings. Almost half a dozen libraries in Chicago have been anonymously emailed that someone was going to set a bomb off in their building. 

Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias has spoken up about the threats, he states his concern about the new law and how it’s leading to libraries to close and librarians to quit their jobs. The law goes into effect January 1st, 2024. Yet multiple locations like Aurora, Chicago, Evanston and Libertyville have all been threatened. Giannoulias states his frustration, “literally – our bill was meant to protect libraries and librarians.” 

 Giannoulias also reminds the people that this is for everyone, “We also have to remember the the mental health issues that kids and teenagers are facing. Books provide a place to go, and use their imagination..” It’s not just about providing a safe place for the libraries and librarians, but for everyone who wants to pick up a book about anything. 

Some locations were reopened once searched by officers, yet the threats continue and many have already quit their jobs, because of the law of restricting the banning of books. 

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About the Contributor
Alice Bowling, Journalist
Alice is a Junior at Purdue Polytechnic High-school.
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