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Pritchard bill helps adults earn high school diplomas

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State Rep. Bob Pritchard (right), R-Hinckley, and state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, address constituents during Unplugged Politics midday Thursday at the Genoa Veterans Club.[]

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, that aims to help individuals older than 21 obtain a high school diploma was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday.

The new law will permit Goodwill Industries to establish an Excel Center, which offers a tuition-free public education for adults, in the Rockford area. Through this program, adults can receive a high school diploma instead of having to pass a test in order to receive a general education diploma.

“It is important that Illinois continues to look at new ways to improve the educational and employment opportunities for all of our residents,” Pritchard said in a news release. “Excel Centers have a proven track record and will help its graduates obtain better-paying jobs.”

The first center would be located in Rockford, but depending on the success of the program, others could pop up across the state.