SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois
History Teacher of the Year is one of five finalists for the honor nationally.
Joshua Bill of Waukegan
High School received the honor in Illinois this May. State
education officials said Monday that Bill is one of five finalists for The
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's National History Teacher of the
Year Award. The winner will be announced this fall and will receive $10,000 and
a trip with two of his or her students to the national awards ceremony.
The other finalists come from Hawaii, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington,
located about 45 miles north of Chicago.