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  • More education funding in Illinois will be spent on ages 0-3

    More education funding in Illinois will be spent on ages 0-3
    More Illinois early education funding will be funneled to programs for children ages 3 and younger under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn will sign this morning.
  • Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment

    Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment
    SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools. During debate Wednesday, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia...

    Illinois charter schools backers rally at Capitol

    Illinois charter schools backers rally at Capitol
    SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois charter schools advocates rallied inside the Capitol today to protest against a slew of measures this session aimed at regulating the alternative education system. A crowd estimated at more than 2,200 chanted “I Choose...

    Chicago officials try to tackle K-8 grade truancy crisis

    Chicago officials try to tackle K-8 grade truancy crisis
    Top Chicago school authorities are working on new strategies to address the city's crushing pattern of elementary grade absenteeism and truancy. Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is hoping to build on initiatives that have shown success in Baltimore, New...

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois
    Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples. After...