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B-2 Prohibited Gifts

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HELEN M. PLUM MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

B–2. Prohibited Gifts Policy. Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees, October 21, 2014

GENERAL POLICY. It is the policy of the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library to comply with the State's Gift Ban Act (5 ILCS 430/Art. 10) through the promulgation of this policy. Neither the Open Meetings Act nor the Freedom of Information Act of Illinois, or any policies of this Library in connection with those Acts shall be applicable to proceedings, meetings or documents involved here, which are exempt therefrom.

COVERED PEOPLE: All Library employees and Library Trustees are covered by this policy.

DEFINITIONS. The terms "gift," "prohibited source," and "employee" whether used in the singular or plural form and as used in this Policy, have the meaning as defined in the State's Gift Ban Act.

PROHIBITED GIFTS. The solicitation and acceptance of any "gifts," from any "prohibited source," are banned and prohibited for all Library employees and Trustees except as provided in the following section of this Policy.

EXCEPTIONAL GIFTS. No employee or member of the Board of Trustees may accept any gift in an amount or having a market value in excess of $25.00 from any supplier, customer or patron of the Library in connection with his or her employment or service on the Board of Trustees except gifts from other employees or members of the Board of Trustees without prior written approval of the Library Director or the Board of Trustees.

This policy shall not apply to food, refreshments, waiver of admission fees or transportation expense in connection with a seminar or meeting relating to training or further Library education in connection with his or her Library duties.

This policy shall not apply to solicitation of donations for Library related projects such as building and grounds improvements, collection development, fixtures and furnishings, upgrades, etc.

ENFORCEMENT. Any employee who violates this policy shall be subject to termination or other discipline, including but not limited to suspension (with or without compensation) of employment for a stated term, a requirement to reimburse, return or turnover of any prohibited gift as directed by the Board of Library Trustees.

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