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Teacher shortage in Illinois prompts potential law change

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Illinois is dealing with a major teacher and substitute teacher shortage. Some lawmakers say rules need to change to get more people in those positions. 

In order to get a substitute teacher license in Illinois, people must pass a physical. Democrats say that's a burden on applicants. 
They say it's contributing to the substitute teacher shortage. 

"Some young people fresh out of college have come to me and said it's gonna cost me $325 and I have to wait anywhere from 20 days to three months to get this license to be able to be a substitute teacher," said Rep. Sue Scherer of the 96th district. 


Democrats want the physical to be optional and up for the school district to decide not the state. 

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