Last week, Northern Illinois University announced the Huskie Pledge. The grant could cover tuition and fees for a student’s first year and up to four additional years.

The university is now offering more details on what the process will look like for students interested in applying.


The Illinois State Library has awarded close to half a million dollars in Project Next Generation grants to 29 libraries statewide. 

The grants allow libraries to acquire technology and hire mentors for programs for at-risk youth. That programming is meant to introduce those children to technology and teach them life skills.

Rachel French, the Deputy Press Secretary in the Secretary of State’s Office, says some at-risk youth don’t have access to technology in their homes.

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Five Illinois schools will receive more than $20 million in federal grants over the next five years to help improve student performance and ensure students are better prepared for college.

State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith announced the School Improvement Grant winners yesterday.

They are: Matheny Elementary in Springfield, Sandoval High School in Sandoval, Gage Park High School in Chicago, Gordon Bush Elementary in East St. Louis and Kennedy Middle School in Rockford.

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.