Superintendent survey details statewide teacher shortage in Illinois

URBANA – A study by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds that 88 percent of schools say they have a teacher shortage. Seventy-seven percent report the problem is getting worse. And more than 90 percent of Illinois districts expect it to get worse for the next two years. Champaign and Ford County […]

Champaign teachers vote to authorize strike over contract

A white man in a tan coat walks in a yellow school hallway.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign teachers are willing to strike to protest Unit 4’s latest contract offer. That contract would extend the elementary school day by 50 minutes, starting in the fall of 2023. On Wednesday, about 700 Unit 4 teachers gathered at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign. 91 percent voted to authorize their union to strike. […]

217 Today: People who are incarcerated can face retaliation when they report staff sexual misconduct

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 Today’s headlines: Champaign teachers are willing to strike over Unit 4’s latest contract offer, which would extend the elementary school day by 50 minutes. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday $220 million for projects to improve transit systems and ports outside of the Chicago area. A new study suggests CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient of […]