I'm not sure what you think of Texas but the Rio Grande Valley is always looking for teachers. The pay scale is pretty good and the cost of living is not near as much as it is in Chicago. The weather is pretty great to; the summers can be hot, but the winters are very mild, almost tropical. Some of the cities to look at in the valley area are Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen. Of course the more urban areas are Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. Of these I would say that Houston and San Antonio/Austin have the mildest winters. All have some very good school districts with exceptional pay (at least I think so). Hope this helps some! Houston and Dallas area schools hire just about year round. You probably would have a good chance of getting a job at the upper level in one of these cities.