WABASH VALLEY, Ill. (WTHI) - Lawmakers in Illinois have passed several new laws that will put more money in the wallets of educators.
A new bill announced on Tuesday sets the minimum salary for a teacher in Illinois at $40,000.
This year's Illinois budget includes an additional five percent for funding for higher education, an additional six percent for community colleges, and $375 million more for K through 12.
It also allocated a $50 million increase for early childhood education funding.
Finally, lawmakers agreed to restore a six percent salary threshold for members of the Illinois teacher's retirement system.
That adds more money into a teachers retirement in the state.