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Report: Tens of thousands of Illinois students were out of school last fall

Early estimates by state officials show tens of thousands of Illinois students were out of school in 2020.

The Illinois State Board of Education reported an estimated loss of 35,822 public school students.

This corresponds to almost 2% of the previous year’s enrollment.

Of the more than 35,000 absent students, an estimated 10,069 were kindergarten teachers.

The Lincoln Presidential Library separates from the founding

Those in charge of the state-owned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced that there was no longer any relationship with the private foundation that was supposed to supplement the acquisition of the institution’s collection.

The state agency said their memo of understanding had expired and the two sides could not come to an agreement.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation said the announcement was blind. Both sides are open to further discussions.

The legislative map redesign hearings will continue

Illinois legislative reform hearings continue to focus on different parts of the state.

Today’s House and Senate hearings covered North DuPage County, Peoria and parts of Cook County.

Three hearings for House Saturday will deal separately with other parts of the Chicagoland area and Rock Island.

House committee sees extension of tax credit for films

An Illinois House committee is reviewing subsidies for the film industry when filming in the state.

Legislators could expand the Film Production Services Tax Credit Act and amend it to include certain fees for a film worker training program.

Supporters said if passed, it could take Illinois to the top tier of the states for film production.

The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing

The state’s health officials say the COVID-19 positivity rate is increasing.

In Thursday’s Daily Report, the Illinois Department of Public Health said the overall test positivity rate is up to 3.5%. Last week the rate was 2.9%.

According to the state, around 17.3% of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated.

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