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No criminal charges against Macon County state's attorney

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:22pm
A special prosecutor investigating misconduct allegations involving Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott won't file criminal charges but a grand jury recommends an independent review of his office

Report: Illinois to drop unpopular PARCC exams

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:50pm
Just three years after they launched, the use of controversial standardized tests known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be discontinued in Illinois, according to a report. Launched in Illinois in 2015, PARCC is a set of reading and math exams designed to measure students' mastery of important educational milestones. The Illinois State Board of Education will now redesign the exams to shorten testing time and produce results more quickly, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday."I wouldn't miss [PARCC], I can tell you that much," Elaine Aumiller, superintendent of Mount Prospect Elementary District 57, said Thursday night. "It's a very cumbersome test to take. I don't think it measures what its supposed to be measuring I think we can find a better assessment and use our instructional time in a much better way." PARCC exams were plagued by opposition since they were first implemented, with educators complaining they were too time consuming and didn't provide accurate data about students' performance. In the first year of their use, more than 20,000 students in Illinois opted out of taking them -- more than 10 times the amount that refused to take the previous standardized test, the ISAT. And just a year after they began, state education officials decided to discontinue PARCC exams for Illinois high schoolers, instead paying for those students to take the college entrance exam known as the SAT. Details about what the tests will be replaced with weren't immediately clear, and officials from the Illinois State Board of Education couldn't be reached for comment Thursday night. Many educators complained the tests -- which showed more than 70 percent of suburban students weren't prepared for college -- were inaccurate because they painted an incomplete picture of how students are performing.Marc Tepper, board president of Kildeer Countryside Elementary District 96, however, said he felt PARCC was an improvement over previous standardized tests, which he said gave inconsistent results."PARCC gave us a much better idea of how our kids were doing, and also how other kids were doing in the state of Illinois in the rest of the United States," Tepper said. While Tepper acknowledged PARCC can be unduly time-consuming, he said it produces data that can provide useful insight when combined with other information about students' academic proficiency. "It was an indicator that we were able to use to gauge how our kids were doing," Tepper said. "If you ... use it with other info throughout the year on students, it makes a better district. It's just one piece of data in a world where we have a ton of data."

Correction: SIU-Carbondale-Tuition story

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:21pm
Correction: SIU-Carbondale-Tuition story

EXCHANGE: Natural resources official ends long career

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:28am
ILLINOIS EXCHANGE: Illinois natural resources official brings to an end to a long career protecting state's wildlife, recreational areas

Man taking concealed-carry course shoots himself in thigh

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am
The owner of a central Illinois gun store says a man taking a concealed-carry class at his business was injured when he accidentally shot himself in the leg

Wisconsin residents get first crack at Cubs-Brewers tickets in Milwaukee

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:34am
The Milwaukee Brewers are giving Wisconsin residents first crack at tickets for home games against the Chicago Cubs.

Northwestern journalism professor investigated, takes leave

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:29am
Officials of Northwestern University say a journalism professor accused of misconduct by former students and employees is taking a leave of absence

Nominees sought for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:20am
Outstanding volunteers are being sought for the annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Ex-football player donates $5 million to Illinois program

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:58pm
A former University of Illinois football player has donated $5 million toward the construction of the Illinois Football Performance Center

Members of Congress want 1-year deadline for Asian carp plan

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:57pm
Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on an Illinois waterway

Storm could bring 14 inches of snow to northern Illinois

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:50pm
A winter storm moving across the Midwest is forecast to bring between 8 and 14 inches of snow to northern Illinois, with higher amounts possible in some areas

Federal agency rules in favor of Springfield rail project

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:49pm
The Federal Railroad Administration has ruled that a rail improvement project in Springfield, Illinois won't have to reroute its tracks away from where homes burned during the city's Race Riot of 1908

Bill proposes $1B to help cover Illinois prison expenses

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:08pm
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year

Northern Illinois police officer faces sex assault charges

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:59am
A northern Illinois village police officer faces a five-count indictment on sexual assault charges

Bill would limit terms of Illinois legislative leaders

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:50am
A bill has been proposed at the Illinois General Assembly that would put term limits on four legislative positions

Legionella bacteria found in Illinois State Capitol complex

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:47am
State officials say preliminary test results show that legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex

Former Illinois bank official pleads guilty to embezzlement

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:59am
A former vice president of a northern Illinois bank has pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $500,000 from the bank

Edwardsville mayor takes ballot case to state Supreme Court

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 8:49pm
The mayor of Edwardsville is headed for the Illinois Supreme Court to argue his case to remain on the ballot for the 56th district's state senate seat

Health chief requires FOIA from senator to release emails

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:01pm
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is forcing state lawmakers to jump through the public-records law hoop to get emails regarding a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy

Illinois higher ed board asks state for $3.47B in funding

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:24pm
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a state funding request that is $254 million more than last year but still below the amount they received in 2014-2015