Illinois School Board Group Will Not Support Arming Teachers

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A group representing Illinois school boards has again rejected a resolution supporting teachers and other school employees carrying guns in schools. The Illinois Association of School Boards voted against the measure Saturday during an annual convention. It’s the second consecutive year the group has rejected such a proposal. A resolution would be used to support […]

New Illinois Policy Bans Prisoners From Receiving Content Downloaded From The Internet

The Illinois Department of Corrections has revised its publication review policy to include a centralized appeal process for incarcerated people who feel they’ve been unfairly denied access to certain reading materials. The policy change comes after Illinois Newsroom reported the removal of more than 200 books, most about race, from a college-in-prison program’s library inside the […]

U Of I Committee Urges Changes To Sexual Harassment Policies, But No Timeline For Adoption

A new report from a University of Illinois panel on faculty misconduct seeks a broader definition of sexual harassment and more transparency. But a university spokesperson couldn’t say when the reforms would be adopted or how much they would cost. This article was produced in partnership with the ProPublica Local Reporting Network . The University of Illinois […]

Why A Father Worries His Son’s Mental Illness Could Get Him Deported

When José moved his family to the U.S. from Mexico nearly two decades ago, he had hopes of giving his children a better life. But now he worries for the future of his 21-year-old-son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder last year. José said his son was a happy child who loved playing with […]

Illinois Prison System Requests Huge Increase In Education Funding

The Illinois Department of Corrections requested a massive increase in funding for educational supplies as part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s state budget proposal. The request is a departure from prior years, and comes after Illinois Newsroom reported last spring that the agency spent less than $300 on books across more than two dozen prison facilities […]

Pell Grants For Prisoners Could Save Illinois Millions

Illinois could save millions of dollars on incarceration costs if the federal ban on Pell Grants for inmates was lifted, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice. Pell Grants are awarded to low-income undergraduate students to help them pay for college. The report, called “Investing in Futures: Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary […]