Turnout Is Key

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Shut out from the Simpsons Movie premier [remember that spirited contest?],Springfield Illinois faces another identity dilemma.

The fancy new Lincoln Presidential Library gets all the glory, plus federal, state and local tax money. But long before the new boy got built, Springfield had a Lincoln Library, the city’s municipal Library.

Now the Springfield State Journal-Register is asking if the city library should give up on the name. In a classic whoever shows up reader poll, “Click your Pick“[near bottom of page] asks:

Should the name of Springfield’s public library, Lincoln Library, be changed to differentiate it from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library?”

The Presidential Library has killed before. The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies was forced to drop the name.

The city Lincoln seems to have been erasing itself for some time, demolishing it’s classic library building for something lincoln-library-city.jpg resembling a bad regional HMO office. lincoln-library-city-building.jpg




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