Wednesday, March 29, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Stan Huntington, the longtime executive director of the Maywood Public Library, will be formally inducted into the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on April 7 at the Charles A. Hayes Center in Chicago.
Huntington will be honored along with other luminaries, including former Chicago Bulls player Bob Love, late boxing icon Muhammad Ali and Chicago TV news anchor Suzanne Le Mignot.
In the official induction letter, Huntington is commended for his role in a successful 1994 referendum that paved the way for the construction of the library’s $8 million addition in 1998.
“Mr. Huntington’s most important part is seeing the library debt for the new building paid off,” the letter reads. “Virtually all of this has taken place under Stan’s watch.”
In an email statement, Huntington explained the library’s most recent state, four years after financial conditions forced it to close for several days in October 2013. After securing a loan from the now-defunct Seaway Bank, the library reopened.
“The library paid off the Seaway Bank loans in 2016, receiving all five canceled notes in November along with the release to the title of the corner property,” Huntington wrote. “That having been said, the library is operating with $800,000 less income than it had as recently as 2010.
“Due to the continued decline in the EAV (Equal Assessed Valuation) of all property in Maywood, the library’s 2016 levy collectible in 2017 is reduced a further $100,000. The library continues to operate under the twin handicap of a declining EAV and the many parcels of real estate in Maywood that are either unoccupied and/or boarded up.”
Currently, Huntington serves on the board of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization and is acting chairman of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce. He’s also past president of the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club.
Huntington has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Fort Wayne and a master’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been a member of the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association. VFP
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