The Illinois Senate is voting to lower the age that children have to start school. The legislation changes the compulsory school age from six to five year old. Proponents, like State Senator Kimberly Lightford, say children need a solid start and to learn socialization skills from an early age. Lightford of Maywood says the state has placed so much emphasis on early childhood education – it’s important that kids are in school by age five. Critics, like Senator Chuck Weaver of Peoria says some just aren’t ready. “I’ve had probably as many calls on this than I’ve had on any other bill recently,” Weaver said. “Parents are very concerned about the State taking the decision away from them. There’s a lot of kids that aren’t prepared to go to school at age five. This bill makes that mandatory. It’s taking that right away from parents.” Under the bill, kids born after May 31st of the school year could wait to start until they are six. It now moves to the House. If the bill passes the House and is signed into law, the new age requirement would be in place for the 2020-2021 school year.
A Stark County resident is jailed in Henry County after allegedly pulling a gun on a police officer a week ago.
Monmouth College hosted the school’s 3rd Annual Scots Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 17th where a record number of gifts were given.
A performance this weekend paying tribute to musicians from the past nearly 80 years is April 19th and 20th.
A proposal to act quickly in granting Kit Wilcox a one-year extension on his option to buy a Mulberry Street property got derailed Monday night.