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An Army brigadier general who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow out-of-state students to enroll in a Chicago-area school.

The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.

Identity theft was the top complaint consumers made to the Illinois attorney general's office last year.

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A recent report has shown Illinois is in the midst of a severe teacher shortage, particularly in the central part of the state. A panel of lawmakers took testimony on that topic today.

Pension Shift Tops Governor's Priorities

Feb 16, 2018
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed shifting the responsibility for funding teacher pensions to local school districts. The governor says schools will not have to raise taxes to make the payments if the state gives them certain tools to lower operating costs.

 

"Getting rid of mandates, getting rid of restrictions and limitations and freeing up out school districts and our local governments to lower their costs by having greater control over how competitive contracts are bid, how contracting is done, competitive bidding is done." Rauner says.

Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.

The state's education chief says that the $350 million boost promised to public schools this year will be distributed beginning in April. 

The state's education agency wants to hire a "storyteller" to relay "amazing" stories from Illinois' public schools while lawmakers are still trying properly fund them. 

For the past month, the Rauner Administration has been working to implement a tax credit program for individuals and corporations who choose to donate up to a million dollars to private schools. But one state senator has proposed legislation to shift the focus to public schools.

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

A new report shows the statewide teacher shortage is felt most acutely in districts with lots of low-income students. But it's also hitting rural and wealthier districts.

Williamsfield is a village halfway between Peoria and Galesburg, with fewer than 300 students. Superintendent Tim Farquer  says he can't find teachers who meet state licensing requirements for every subject. Instead, he's filing paperwork seeking waivers.

Illinois has turned to an online database to help form policy decisions on health, safety, education and work opportunities for residents younger than 25.

Next year the state will have a new way to dispose of dead bodies where no next of kin is found or families don’t have the means to pay for a burial… and it could benefit students.

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Dunlap Superintendent Lisa Parker is leaving that post at the end of the year. The Dunlap School Board narrowly approved the separation agreement with the long-time district employee during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Peoria Public School Enrollment Holds Steady

Oct 31, 2017

The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual report card Tues. and the data show some shifts in Peoria Public Schools 2017 enrollment. 

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

Illinois education officials say the elimination of some requirements for teacher licenses has streamlined the licensing process and hasn't sacrificed the state's high standards.

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes it illegal to expel toddlers from preschools.

Backers of the new law point to a study that says toddlers and other Illinois preschoolers are expelled at a rate three times greater than their older, school-age counterparts.

“I just want you to let that sink in.”

State Rep. Juliana Stratton is a Democrat from Chicago.

“When you see expulsion in early years, it leads to higher suspension and expulsion rates in later grades."

Manar Hopes For School Funding Compromise

Aug 11, 2017
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The chief sponsor of Illinois’ education funding reform bill says he still hopes to work out a compromise with Republicans on a new version of the bill.

But State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says that if he has to, he’ll back an override of Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the measure, when the Illinois Senate meets on Sunday.

The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing a new timeline for a federal law that aims to help students pass state exams as well as be proficient in math and reading.

An annual data report says Illinois ranks 19th in the nation when it comes to the well-being of children. The 2017 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures areas including family and community, health, education and economic factors. 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief education adviser says the governor won't support an overhaul of Illinois' school-funding formula if it benefits Chicago Public Schools "at the expense" of others.  The Illinois Senate approved legislation aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Similar legislation is in the House. 

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Chicago State University officials say they will work to boost enrollment, resolve financial concerns and improve the reputation of the institution in the coming year.
 
Interim President Rachel Lindsey was appointed to the post last month. As part of a leadership shake-up, university trustees also appointed former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas to a top administrative post.
 

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Quest Charter Academy and Eureka College have a new partnership that formalizes a full-circle opportunity for students entering the field of education.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Don't toss the grammar-school composition paper yet. 

School funding is one of the key issues in the General Assembly’s budget debate. Everyone agrees the current funding formula needs to change, but there’s less agreement on how to fix it. A bipartisan effort is poised for a floor vote in the House, but in the Senate, compromise appears to have fallen apart.

Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois today. They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

NEIU Students Rally to Protest Budget Cuts

Mar 16, 2017

Students at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago rallied today ahead of a week-long university shutdown.

Northeastern is requiring its employees take five unpaid days off next week during Spring Break. It’s another money-saving measure in a string of budget cuts the university has made during the nearly 2-year-long state budget impasse.

Students like senior Patricia Burchfield primarily blamed Governor Bruce Rauner, saying she shouldn’t have to be protesting.

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