peoria-1584436_1280.jpgAs many people adjust to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent poll suggests about one-third of Americans are considering moving to less populated areas of the country—five Illinois cities have been highlighted as top destinations for those looking to relocate.

Business Insider ranked cities based on factors like economics, education and cost of living to come up with a list of the top 30 places to settle after the threat of the pandemic has subsided. Their research indicates five Illinois cities—Danville, Peoria, Champaign, Bloomington and Springfield—may become hubs for these post-pandemic transplants.

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mentor-3513738_1280.jpgEvery year on April 24th, Western Illinois University celebrates their Purple and Gold Day — a day meant to commemorate the university’s creation back in 1899. Instead of the usual celebratory events, this year’s festivities were celebrated a little differently.

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music-22.jpgThe pandemic has forced us all to spend a lot of time at home, which has forced many teachers to get creative with their e-learning curriculums. What started off as a homework assignment at Carl Sandburg Middle School led one 7th grader to go viral.

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Northwestern University School of Law CourtyardHere in Illinois, we mean business—and engineering, and law.

U.S. News & World Report released its latest graduate school rankings, which rated Illinois business, law and engineering programs among the best in the country.

In the magazine’s ranking of business schools, two Illinois institutions share the #3 spot: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Both schools have consistently ranked among the top five business programs in the U.S.

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Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. Today, March 2nd Read Across America Day which promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. This nationwide observance also coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Geisel), an American writer best known for writing children’s books, Texas Independence day and Casimir Pulaski Day.

Many schools, libraries and community centers across the United States participate by bringing people together to read books. Various reading activities and events are held across the country on this day. Some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs or read aloud to groups of people.