Approximately 1.9 million Illinoisans – or about 15 percent of the state’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices.
An Illinoisan attending the University of Illinois will spend nearly $8,000 more per year than a Missourian at Missouri State University-Springfield, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of 116 four-year public universities in 10 Midwestern states based on enrollment.
Kankakee County residents would pay $55,171,278 more in state income taxes if the state agrees to increase school funding by $7.2 billion, according to a Kankakee Times analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue data.
River North Bradley, a 120-bed skilled and intermediate care facility in Bradley, was cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act in the fourth quarter of 2017.
In a list of the 30 most populous counties in Illinois, Kankakee County ranked No. 18 for the rate of abortions performed there in 2016, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report issued in December, which tracks abortions performed on an annual basis.
Kankakee County accounted for 132 of the 38,382 abortions performed statewide in 2016, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report issued in December, which tracks abortions performed on an annual basis.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, high school graduation rates remain high across the region, according to a Kankakee Times analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Chicago's taxicab cartel donated $180,750 to 61 state legislators in 2014-15, including Rep. Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee), encouraging them to help preserve their traditional monopoly by banning ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Illinois.
St. George Community Consolidated School District 258 had the highest rate – 42.4 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a Kankakee Times analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.
Thomas Lombard House, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled in Momence, was cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act in the third quarter of 2017.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced he will sign controversial abortion funding expansion House Bill 40 into law, which critics say will increase the number of abortions from the reported 116 in Kankakee County in 2015.
A new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature, SB1947, includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — to provide them the opportunity to attend private schools.