About 99 percent of ninth graders in 2017 were on track to graduate at a school where the four-year graduation rate was 91 percent that year, according to the latest Illinois schools report card by the Illinois State Board of Education.
State residents enrolled at Christian Life College face among the lowest cost of attending four-year in-state colleges and universities in the U.S., according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.
About 6,193 Southwest Illinois residents – or about 18.9 percent of the region’s population – were on food stamp rolls in January 2017, according to a Southwest Illinois News analysis of 66 Illinois welfare offices
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.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, high school graduation rates remain high across the region, according to a SW Illinois News analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Athletes in Action tracks players with ties to communities within the Metro East Sun coverage area as they compete at the collegiate level. The following football players will compete during the week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 18.