The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

Figures released by Chicago Public Schools show continued improvement in the district's graduation rate.  The nation's third-largest school district announced that just over 73% of students who entered Chicago high schools as freshmen in 2011 graduated by summer of 2016. . 

For Peoria GED Graduates, the Future is Now

Aug 23, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Park District is hosting its annual graduation ceremony for 11 adult learners.

The students recently completed the Peoria Park District Foundation’s free GED program, the Moonlight Coalition, for students who dropped out of high school.

One of those graduates, Bernell Harvey, dropped out 10 years ago. He enrolled in ELITE's re-entry program  because he "wanted to make my mom proud." Through that initiative, he met instructor Hedy Elliott, who encouraged him to pursue a GED. 

Illinois community colleges receive $23 million from the federal government to provide adult education classes that help people pass the GED test. But to continue receiving those funds, the state has to kick in $32 million, and prove its programs work, by showing results.

Because there is no budget, the state hasn't contributed its portion this year.Karen Hunter Anderson, president of the Illinois Community College Board, says that without that money, the programs haven't performed as well.

New bill would require prisoner education

Feb 12, 2016

Illinois lawmakers are hoping a new bill requiring prisoner education will mean less repeat offenders.  Representative Kelly Cassidy says the plan would require the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide GED courses to prisoners serving more than a year.

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school.