Last October, the State Board of Education showed nearly 2,000 unfilled teaching jobs and nearly 5,000 total education positions.
Bob Sondgeroth is the regional superintendent for Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. He says it’s likely the pandemic will worsen Illinois’ teacher shortage.
“I honestly think that we're going to have some retirements that we didn't plan on,” he said. “They're going to decide it's not worth the risk.”