Approximately 1.9 million Illinoisans – or about 15 percent of the state’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
Welfare offices in Princeton and Ottawa saw food stamp costs drop by an average of 1.77 percent from January 2015 to January 2017, according to an Illinois Valley Times analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
An Illinoisan attending the University of Illinois will spend nearly $8,000 more per year than a Missourian at Missouri State University-Springfield, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of 116 four-year public universities in 10 Midwestern states based on enrollment.
Grundy County residents would pay $19,864,210 more in state income taxes if the state agrees to increase school funding by $7.2 billion, according to a Grundy Reporter analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue data.
South Wilmington Community Consolidated School District 74 had the highest rate – 56.5 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a Grundy Reporter analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced he will sign controversial abortion funding expansion House Bill 40 into law, which critics say will increase the number of abortions from the reported 64 in Grundy County in 2015.
Grundy County's 13 school districts will receive an extra $398,921 this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.