None the less there are plenty of new teachers neding jobs...why not call University Placement and hire a few?
Look on school web sites and you will see the do indeed "advertise" for teachers and other employees all of the time.
I would bet that they also contact universities and make their needs known.
And you are 100% correct that the reason there is a teacher shortage in Illinois is because the dems have raped the pension system and changed the rules. You're better off digging ditches in Illinois than you are being a teacher.
Extended careers because of pension changes, constant renewal of certificates and continuing education and continued bashing by the public all factor into reasons that I steered my kids clear of becoming teachers.