Kevin Bessler

Kevin Bessler reports on statewide issues in Illinois for the Center Square. He has over 30 years of experience in radio news reporting throughout the Midwest.

Sexually explicit library books subject of Congressional hearing

(The Center Square) – The books being made available to children in public schools and libraries was the topic of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, with an Illinois law… Read More

September 13, 2023
New Illinois law closes loophole to prevent sexual grooming of students

(The Center Square) – A new Illinois law fortifies existing legislation aimed at preventing the sexual grooming of students by teachers and staff. The law is named after Illinois resident… Read More

August 8, 2023
Public Education
Some question taxpayer cost of Illinois law mandating full day kindergarten

(The Center Square) – Future kindergartners in Illinois will be spending more time in the classroom. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law requiring school districts to establish a… Read More

August 4, 2023
Freedom Caucus calls for Illinois public libraries to withdraw from American Library Association

(The Center Square) – Some Illinois Republicans want public libraries in the state to withdraw from the American Library Association.  Public libraries have been a hotly debated topic in recent… Read More

July 25, 2023
School choice group says Illinois parents in limbo with fate of Invest in Kids program unknown

(The Center Square) – Nearly 10,000 scholarship recipients and their families face uncertainty after Illinois lawmakers failed to extend the Invest in Kids program.  The program, which grants tax credits… Read More

June 19, 2023