Gov. Bruce Rauner signs high school diploma legislation at Goodwill in Rockford.
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September 24, 2017

Illinois Adults Now Can Pursue High School Diplomas

Nearly 13 percent of Illinoisans do not have a high school diploma. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday aimed at changing that. The new law will allow community colleges and non-profit organizations to set up “adult high school” programs where people over 21 can earn diplomas.


Champaign County LIHEAP Program Manager Dawn Rear.
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August 31, 2017

Illinois LIHEAP Program Starting One Month Later This Year

The people who run LIHEAP for Champaign County plan to come to work early on the morning of Friday, September 1st, to greet first-day applicants for the program that helps low-income households with their home heating bills. But all they can tell applicants is: come back in thirty days.


YouthBuild Rockford 2017 graduates
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August 30, 2017

YouthBuild Illinois Receives Federal Funding For At-Risk Youth; Women Of Color In Science

On the 21st: A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to Illinois to strengthen job programs for at-risk youth. We speak with Sen. Dick Durbin about the importance of these kinds of job programs and check in with two of the organizations that have received funding. Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.


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