teachers Minority Teacher Scholarships Available Now By Illinois Public Radio • Feb 12, 2018 Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission. Teacher Shortage and Pensions Lead to Uncertainty for Illinois By Illinois Public Radio • Nov 20, 2017 When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems. But, this move might have unintended consequences. Union Co. Educator Finalist For ISBE Teacher of the Year By Brad Palmer • Aug 22, 2017 A Union County teacher is one of ten finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2018 Teacher of the Year award.