On Thursday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation raising the minimum salary for teachers around the state to $40,000. State officials say, this takes another step to address the statewide teacher shortage. House Bill 2078 takes effect on New Year’s Day 2020. State officials say, teacher salaries range from only $9,000 to $11,000. The new law will increase teacher salaries over a four year period. Government officials say, the minimum salary will rise based on the Consumer Price Index, after review by the General Assembly. Research from the state’s Board of Education from the most recent school year reveals that there are 4,196 unfilled positions in school districts across the state, including 1,848 unfilled teaching positions.