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Provides policy development and agency planning based on data analysis, public reporting of performance in relation to legislative requirements and Board goals; Agency business planning and performance measures; gives special attention to school and district accreditation, state student assessments, school improvement and support for districts and schools in academic difficulty.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How do I get a copy of a bill pending in the Illinois General Assembly?
    Illinois General Assembly Legislation or House Bill Room or Senate Bill Room.
  • How do I find out the status of a bill in the Illinois
    Illinois General Assembly Legislation or Legislative Information System.
  • How do I get a copy of a new state law?
    Illinois General Assembly Public Acts or Secretary of State's Index Department.
  • How do I find out the names of my state legislators?
    Follow the link below to the Illinois State Board of Elections site and utilize the "Search by Address" function.
  • How do I contact my state legislators to express my opinion on a bill pending before the Illinois General Assembly?
    Refer to the Illinois General Assembly websites below for information.
  • Senate
  • House
  • How do I apply for an Illinois legislative scholarship?
    On July 11, 2012, the governor signed legislation abolishing the General Assembly scholarship program in Illinois. Public Act 97-0772 can be viewed at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/97/PDF/097-0772.pdf. Previously, Illinois law provided for each member of the General Assembly to annually nominate two persons of school age and otherwise eligible, from his district to receive a certificate of scholarship in any state supported university designated by the member. For questions, contact the Illinois State Board of Education’s Public Information Division at (217) 782-4648.


Public Act Summaries—Education Related Bills



Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarships

On July 11, 2012, the governor signed legislation abolishing the General Assembly scholarship program in Illinois. Public Act 97-0772 can be viewed at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/97/PDF/097-0772.pdf. Previously, Illinois law provided for each member of the General Assembly to annually nominate two persons of school age and otherwise eligible, from his district to receive a certificate of scholarship in any state supported university designated by the member.

For questions, contact the Illinois State Board of Education’s Public Information Division at (217) 782-4648.

For further information, contact Nicole Wills or Amanda Elliott in the Governmental Relations Division at 217-782-6510.