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Afternoon roundup

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Good news…

The Illinois Community College System has recorded its largest year-over-year enrollment growth in nearly 15 years. Opening Spring 2023 enrollment increased by 7.2 percent from the previous spring according to the Illinois Community College Board’s (ICCB) Spring 2023 Enrollment Report.

“This upward enrollment trend is encouraging and continues to signal a shift towards pre-pandemic levels. This data furthers our confidence that efforts to expand learning opportunities and increase access to a community college education are working,” said ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham.

The 2023 Spring Enrollment Report shows the first Spring-to-Spring semester increase in the last five years. It’s also the second largest enrollment increase in nearly 15 years (7.8 percent increase between Spring 2009-2010), and the second consecutive semester of growth for the nation’s third-largest community college system.

Significant findings from the Spring 2023 Illinois Community College Opening Enrollment Report include:

    • Thirty-nine community colleges experienced an enrollment increase from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023.

    • Instructional areas primarily dependent on in-person instruction had two of the largest enrollment increases: Career and Technical Education (+9.6 percent) and Vocational Skill Training (+10.1 percent).

    • Enrollment for transfer programs, which is the largest instructional area in the Illinois Community College System, increased 6.4 percent from the previous year, while General Studies Certificate programs increased by 9.1 percent during the same timeframe.

    • Adult Education, which encompasses a substantial at-risk population, increased enrollment by 29.0 percent from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023.

    • Enrollment for Dual Credit courses, which allows academically prepared high school students to simultaneously earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and a college degree, increased 10.4 percent in Spring 2023 compared to Spring 2022 and increased 23.9 percent from 2021.

The full report is accessible online at

* Big crowd today. A friend was near the Statehouse and said the marchers walked by for eight minutes…

* Press release…

Today Governor JB Pritzker announced that Bria Scudder will serve as Deputy Governor for Public Safety, Infrastructure, Environment, and Energy. Scudder previously worked in the Governor’s Office as First Assistant to Christian Mitchell, the former Deputy Governor who stepped down from his role earlier this month. She will begin her role on April 10.

“Bria Scudder has already shown her dedication to public service and the people of Illinois through her hard work earlier in my administration, and I’m thrilled to welcome her back to continue that work as Deputy Governor,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Her portfolio includes some of the most important issues currently facing our state, and I’m looking forward to working with her to continue making Illinois stronger.”

Currently, Scudder serves as Director of State Government Affairs for the Midwest region at AbbVie, where she manages state and local related issues in twelve states. She previously served as First Assistant Deputy Governor in Governor JB Pritzker’s administration. In her role in the governor’s office, she helped manage more than ten state agencies, and implemented the administration’s top policy initiatives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Scudder spearheaded response efforts, including securing medical supplies for front-line workers, and planning the transition to work from home for over 50 state agencies and boards.

“I’d like to thank Gov. Pritzker for his leadership and trusting me with such an important role.” Scudder said. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Illinois and making strides towards safer communities, maintaining a world-class transportation system, and meeting our clean energy goals.”

Prior to serving in the governor’s office, Scudder was the Senior Government and Community Liaison at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. There, she developed strategies to advance the office’s legislative agenda and worked with communities on critical issues. She has also worked as a staff member for the Illinois House of Representatives and managed several state Statehouse campaigns. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri- Columbia.

* A case of mistaken identity as the Jacksonville Journal-Courier reprints a Tribune story

Right headline. Initially identifies the correct former Senator in the cutline, but fails to realize that a different Cullerton was the subject of testimony, as the story plainly shows.

Stuff happens.

* Press release…

Senate Republican members of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee, State Senators Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) and Steve McClure (R-Springfield), issued the following statement regarding the recent appointment of Donald Shelton as the Chair of the Prisoner Review Board, replacing Edith Crigler:

“We are optimistic about the recent change in Chairmanship of the Prisoner Review Board and hope this is one of many positive changes to come to this controversial body. We are hopeful this new appointment signals a new day for the PRB, where transparency, victim notification and input, and community safety are once again made top priorities.

“Over the last several years, Governor Pritzker has transformed the Prisoner Review Board to fit his weak-on-crime agenda and has allowed several of his appointees to go unvetted and unconfirmed for multiple years. Fortunately, through persistent pressure by Senate Republicans, changes have started to take place following the bipartisan movement in the Senate to deny several controversial Pritzker appointees.

“While there is still a long way to go to reform this vital agency, we are encouraged by the recent change and will continue to advocate for a Prisoner Review Board that is just, transparent, puts the victims and their families first, and above all, protects Illinois families and communities.”

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Immigrants Welcome - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 2:52 pm:

    Bria is an outstanding choice - thoughtful, hard working and well respected. Glad to see her return to state government.

  2. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 3:15 pm:

    - carbon sequestration program -

    @Decatur…Good luck.

  3. - Lurker - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 3:33 pm:

    I understand REO was formed in 1966 but their first album was 1971. I’d nip in the bud calling them a 60’s band for several reasons but the main one being, they don’t like it.

  4. - Percy Plantagenet - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 3:34 pm:

    Congrats to Bria! Top notch pick. She will serve the Governor and State of Illinois well.

  5. - Leslie K - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 3:57 pm:

    Great choice to bring Bria back (exclamation point). She is absolutely top notch.

  6. - Big Dipper - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 4:05 pm:

    ==I’d nip in the bud calling them a 60’s band for several reasons==

    And their commercial peak was in the 80s.

  7. - OneMan - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 4:18 pm:

    Wonder if ChatGPT described REO for NBC

  8. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 4:20 pm:

    – The Illinois Community College System –

    The vice-chair of my local community college board was arrested yesterday for stealing election signs all over town.

    She was censured by the board last year, for other unrelated behavior.

    Sometimes student success is because of the decisions of a board, and sometimes that success is despite it.

  9. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 4:38 pm:

    Today’s treadmill viewing of 5 Chicago TV stations, 3-4pm: 5 Vallas ads, all negative; 3 Johnson ads, 1 negative 2 positive.

    Vallas seems to be going all in on the defund the police line, which must be polling well.

    Johnson’s negative ad attacks Vallas’s Twitter likes, which means nothing to 99% of the voting population. Wasted money in my opinion.

  10. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Mar 21, 23 @ 6:14 pm:

    “Anti-abortion efforts “

    Watch the video or look at the signs - The folks rallying in Springfield use the term pro-life. That however is now a forbidden term - so reporters swap that with anti- abortion.

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