Teacher Pay

Illinois lawmakers approved a plan increasing starting teacher salaries over the next five years. That's forcing northern Illinois education leaders to prepare their districts for the change. Some will barely feel its effects at all, while others are playing catch up.

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Teachers in Illinois are applauding a new law that could boost their bottom line. A bill signed on Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000, up from $10,000.

As a second-year teacher at the Crossroads Learning Center in the Jacksonville District, Bentley Stewart currently earns $34,000. She says teachers need to feel more secure and valued in their profession.

The minimum salary a teacher can be paid in Illinois will soon increase. Governor J.B. Pritzker joined educators and activists to sign a wage increase plan into law Thursday.


Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and a new crop of legislators will take office come January. Those crafting state education policies say they will continue one of the biggest fights in recent years, finding more funding for teachers, students and schools.