- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Students of a beauty school in Chicago’s Chinatown will now have the opportunity to take a state licensing exam in Chinese.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Friday it will offer cosmetology testing in simplified Chinese.

The test is required to become a licensed cosmetologist in Illinois. In a statement, Gov. Pat Quinn said offering such opportunities to non-English speakers helps the state’s economy.

Chinatown beauty school owner Mora Zheng welcomes the change. She says she’s had excellent students who have had trouble passing the exam in English.

The professional regulation department’s acting secretary is Manuel Flores. He says the department is working to make sure everyone who seeks a professional license is able to take a test “in the language they best understand.”

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