Incarcerated men sit at classroom desks inside a classroom at an Illinois prison

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - February 24, 2020

Lack Of Access, Long Waitlists: Education In Illinois Prisons

Gray isn’t the only person incarcerated in Illinois prisons that isn’t able to further their education. A lack of teachers, funding and the department’s own policies prevent many from obtaining their GED, associates degree or a trade skill. 

An Illinois Department of Corrections policy stipulates that once a class is full, inmates are placed on the waiting list in order of their release date, with those getting out soonest receiving priority.

snow, Champaign

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

News Local/State - February 13, 2020

Icy Conditions & Wind Chills Prompt School And Road Closings

UPDATED Friday 7:30 a.m. - Icy conditions forced some roads to close in Central Illinois and some schools to close or delay opening on Friday. Much of the area is also under a Wind Chill Advisory. 

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