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Pritzker touts early education funding in signing $50.4 billion budget

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has traveled the state this week to tout the budget’s funding of his Smart Start initiative, a focal point of his 2024 budget aimed at improving access to preschool, increasing funding for child care providers and investing in early childhood facilities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed his fifth budget — a […]

How Asian Americans got wrapped up in the affirmative action debate — and why many want out

The U.S. Supreme Court is due to rule this month on the fate of affirmative action in college admissions. Justices are considering two cases challenging the consideration of race, including one that alleges discrimination against Asian American applicants. For decades Asian American students have been cast, often unwillingly, as victims of affirmative action policies meant […]

Florida Gov. DeSantis hints at a presidential run in his speech to Republicans in Peoria

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday in Peoria teased at a presidential run he’s widely expected to announce later this month. Its a theme he’s honed in upon in recent appearances before friendly crowds. In a campaign-style speech at the Peoria and Tazewell County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, DeSantis said it’s time for the Republican Party to look forward and offer what he calls a positive vision for the future, instead of nursing past grievances.