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.
The number of people receiving food stamps in two Southeast Illinois locations dropped by 0.5 percent as President Trump entered office, according to a Southeast Illinois News analysis of federal data.
Southeast Illinois residents would pay $33,623,910 more in state income taxes if the state agrees to increase school funding by $7.2 billion, according to a Southeast Illinois News analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue data.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, high school graduation rates remain high across the region, according to a SE Illinois News analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Massac County Unit School District 1 had the highest rate – 37.3 percent – of students locally who passed the annual state assessments this year, according to a SE Illinois News analysis of Illinois State Board of Education data.