early childhood education

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Parents enrolling their kids in Peoria's Head Start programs got to meet their teachers this week. 670 pre-k students are enrolled at Trewyn, Manual, Sterling and Webster. But this year, 80 kids are on the waiting list.

Head Start Director Sandra Burke says recent state cuts to childcare assistance leave limited options to refer families who can't make it into the program.

Illinois received 20 million dollars from the federal government for expanding access to early childhood education. Illinois currently enrolls just over a quarter of its 4 year olds in state-funded preschool for low-income families. 

Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years.

Diana Rauner distances herself from budget requests

May 6, 2014

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is a Republican, but his wife says she is not. As Rauner's campaign continues to criticize Governor Quinn's stance on taxes, Rauner's wife has a stake in the cause. IPR'S Hannah Meisel has more.

Just after the March primary election, Illinois was introduced to Diana Rauner, Bruce Rauner's wife. She introduced herself as...