- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools.

The organization said Wednesday the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was No. 20 among large schools with the most Peace Corps volunteers. The university has 36 graduates serving.

The University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Loyola University rank high among medium-size schools. Chicago has 19 Peace Corps volunteers in the field. Northwestern has 14. Loyola has 13.

Knox College in Galesburg has 11 Peace Corps volunteers. That makes it No. 10 among small colleges.

The Peace Corps places volunteers in countries to work at the grassroots level on local problems. About 284 Illinoisans are serving in the Peace Corps, making Illinois the No. 6 state nationwide in producing volunteers.

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Online: Peace Corps. https://1.usa.gov/1Lbbvcw

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