An Illinois school district expects to increase participation in its breakfast and lunch programs through the adoption of a universal, free meal program. Officials also expect to cut administrative costs by not requiring low-income families to apply for free and reduced-price meals and bring in as much as $609,000 each year in federal reimbursements.
An Illinois bill seeking to require individuals who have concealed weapons to carry $1 million in liability insurance has been voted down in the state House. People would pay up to $2,000 for such coverage, said state Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, who filed the bill. Other lawmakers said that amount would be too costly for the insurance and that such coverage is not offered by the insurance industry.
DeKalb, Ill., City Manager Mark Biernacki says he will retire in June. The city is about to see a change in leadership. "With the new mayor and largely a new council, I think they and the city are deserving [of] a new manager with new ideas and new energy," Biernacki said.
Illinois lawmakers are seeking to lift class-size limits for students with disabilities. They say the move would offer more inclusive offerings for students, but opponents fear the changes will increase class sizes in special-education classrooms. The state Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the plan, but is now seeking public comment before moving forward.
A magnet school in Carpentersville, Ill., allotted more time for exercise and created healthier breakfasts and lunches to become the first noncharter school in the state to win the Gold Award of Distinction in the USDA's Healthier U.S. School Challenge. About 85% of the school's students come from low-income families and nearly 60% have limited English skills.