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A new report from Advance Illinois shows the statewide teacher shortage is felt most acutely in districts with many low-income students. But it's also hitting rural and wealthier districts.

Williamsfield is a village halfway between Peoria and Galesburg, with fewer than 300 students. Superintendent Tim Farquer said he can't find teachers who meet state licensing requirements for every subject. Instead, he's filing paperwork seeking waivers.


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The Cherryvale Mall is extending its “Youth Escort Policy” during the week of Christmas this year.

The Rockford mall is requiring all minors under 18 to be accompanied by an adult the day after Christmas. The same rule applies starting at 4 p.m. for the rest of the week.

Rockford Public Schools

A Rockford school has the highest composite score in Illinois on this year’s state standardized tests.

Rockford school officials say students at Thurgood Marshall School had the highest composite score of all Illinois public schools compared with other fifth- through eighth-graders in the state.


Northern Illinois University held its December graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Electrical engineering major Allana Rose is a graduate who has overcome substantial personal challenges.

She was recently honored with the Prospatheia Award for her achievements at NIU. The award is given by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northern Illinois University to a senior who has overcome obstacles to achieve success.

The 24-year-old helped design a low-cost blind spot alert system for drivers with visual impairments.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Time is winding down for people to register for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy.

The sheriff's office has been hosting the 10-week class, which is open to the public, since 1996.

Citizens will learn different facets of the criminal justice system, like the communications division, corrections, and State’s Attorney’s office. 

Outside investigators also will discuss gang and drug activity in DeKalb County.