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EDUCATOR SHORTAGES IN ILLINOIS: Teacher shortage worsening for most Illinois districts, survey shows

SPRINGFIELD – A new survey of Illinois school districts shows most are continuing to have trouble filling open teaching positions with qualified teachers and even more...

Hemp production drops slightly in 2020

SPRINGFIELD – Industrial hemp production declined slightly in 2020, the second year of legalized production in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that...

Restaurants, hotels call for reopening plan

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GOP members hope to block new teacher standards

SPRINGFIELD – Republican Illinois state lawmakers are pushing back on proposed new standards for teachers and administrators that are scheduled for a hearing before...

Welch seeks to set a new tone in Illinois House

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On Trump’s final day, HHS launches probe into Illinois abortion law

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Illinois awards $31.5 million in grants funded by marijuana revenue

SPRINGFIELD – The state announced Thursday that it has awarded $31.5 million in grants to 81 community organizations around Illinois to help fund legal...

Education reform bill will head to governor; economic equity bills pass House

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A bill aimed at improving racial equity throughout the state’s K-12 and higher education system passed both houses...

GOP lawmakers introduce ‘fair maps’ legislation

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the Illinois House said Tuesday that they hope to use legislation, instead of a constitutional amendment,...

Illinois leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccinations

SPRINGFIELD – More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Illinois since the first vaccine was approved for emergency use this...
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