Video: Adult literacy and vocational programs could get funds soon

Illinois has 1.8 million adults lacking a high-school diploma or equivalent, according to the Illinois Community College Board. In 2012, roughly one out of ten working-age Illinoisans older than 25 didn’t have a diploma.

State Rep. Bob Pritchard has sponsored legislation that would appropriate $43 million dollars of federal funding to the Illinois Community College Board for adult literacy and vocational training.

After speaking at a demonstration in DeKalb last Thursday, the Hinckley Republican said the money should have been distributed in August when SB 2042 appropriated $4.8 billion in other federal pass-through dollars. He called it a simple oversight in the drafting of the bill.

Illinois Community College Board Spokesperson Matt Berry told the Illinois News Network that as of today, at least 7 adult education providers have closed their doors and various more are looking at closing next spring.

Illinois News Network

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