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While it isn't the worst of times for Illinois schools, things certainly are not smooth sailing as a new budget plan gets set to be released by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner next week.
Not all challenges are financial and Bement Superintendent, Sheila Greenwood indicates one of the biggest challenge is it's simply difficult to be an educator in Illinois right now.
Additionally, the teacher shortage is hitting Illinois communities hard and Greenwood adds, the legislature's proposed changes to the pension system has drive people away from teaching in Illinois.
Financially, Greenwood notes Bement schools are not unlike other districts in that the state is making their general state aid payments but other payments are behind while touting late payments as payments for the current fiscal year. 

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