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New law aimed at reducing Illinois' teacher shortage

Supporters of a new measure signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner say it will help alleviate Illinois' teacher shortage, particularly in rural areas.

The new law will make it easier for teachers who move to Illinois to transfer a teaching license, provided the state they move from has comparable licensing requirements. The bill unanimously passed both chambers of the General Assembly in November.

The measure also reduces state requirements for people with four-year college degrees who want to be substitute teachers.

"We are clearing a better pathway to the classroom for teachers who have moved to Illinois," Rauner said in a statement.

State Sen....