$7 billion is heading towards Illinois schools and classrooms.

Governor JB Pritzker announced that those dollars from the federal government, will help bridge a possible learning gap after a year of remote school or no school at all. State Superintendent Carmen Ayala says the dollars don’t have to be spent the same from district to district.

Cut :16 ‘…..everyone.’

Data supplied by the state shows Illinois saw a drop of more than 35,000 students year over year and the biggest declines were in early elementary grades.