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An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.

A 19-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he opened fire at a northern Illinois high school last month. 

A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.

A judge has refused to lower bail for a teen charged with firing shots at an Illinois high school as seniors met for graduation rehearsal.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says he will recommend that the school freeze its base tuition for incoming, in-state freshmen for a fourth consecutive year.

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.

Records have been provided to a psychiatrist preparing the mental evaluation of an Illinois student accused of shooting a classmate in the high school cafeteria.

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

Officials at a central Illinois high school say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting.

Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is publicizing a program designed to make it easier for low-income and minority students to find seats in advanced-placement classes in high school.  Illinois was first in the nation to be selected for the Lead Higher Initiative program last March.  

Hundreds of Galesburg residents will vote over the lunch hour tomorrow. That's when a high school class will hold its mock election. Michelle O'Neill reports two freshmen are in charge.

A law signed by Governor Bruce Rauner last week gives high school journalists rights they haven't had since 1988. That's when a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court dictated that student publications could be censored by school administrators.

But Illinois has become the 10th state to restore free speech rights to student media. Stan Zoller, with the Illinois Journalism Education Association, helped guide the legislation.

Chicago school officials say they'll open a new arts-focused school in a neighborhood school once slated for closure. The move comes after protesters disrupted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget meetings this week.

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KNOXVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A school district in the central Illinois city of Knoxville is planning a ceremony to dedicate a new high school. Knoxville High School opened for teachers and students last school year. Finishing touches on the auditorium, floors and parking lot are now complete. 

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PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman has left $50,000 to a scholarship fund at a Palatine high school honoring her son, who endured bullying when he attended 40 years ago. Jeanne Trout left the money to The John Trout Anti-Bullying Scholarship at Fremd High School when she died earlier this month at age 94. 

Civics could make a comeback in Illinois schools

Apr 27, 2015


Students may soon have to take one semester of civics in order to graduate from high school. Illinois Public Radio's Brittanie Brooks reports.



  Many schools already teach civics, as part of their social studies curriculum. But Representative Donald Moffitt ... a Republican from Galesburg ... says all of them should.


"Obviously with Illinois' reputation of corruption in politics I think we need to have an emphasis on responsible citizens and dealing with those issues."


Illinois requires high school students take four years of gym class.  A proposal from a pair of Republican legislators would allow local school boards to excuse students from physical education if they are taking two or more Advanced Placement, or AP, classes. 

A student at Peoria Christian High School was accepted by two national Military Academies.  Faith Kim says she’s being sought by West Point and the Air Force Academy:

Peoria County Civic Leadership Program

May 5, 2014

High school students residing in Peoria County have the chance to join in the summer civic leadership program.  It’s a free one day program on Wednesday June eleventh, with the potential for learning more about county government.

Peoria Police investigate shooting of 17-year-old student

Sep 17, 2013

A Peoria High School student was shot after school dismissed Tuesday. Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says the  17-year old black male was shot once near the intersection of Peoria and Nebraska. The victim fell in front of 1836 Peoria. Scally says the juvenile was conscious when police and rescue arrived, and his injury is not life threatening.