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by Ellyn Fortino
3:22pm
Tue Sep 1, 2015

College Student Advocates Press For MAP Funding As State Budget Impasse Continues

As Illinois enters its third month without a budget, college student advocates want state funds freed up for the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

The need-based grant program helps low-income Illinois students pay for tuition at more than 130 colleges and universities in the state.

With college students gearing up for fall classes, MAP grants for up to 130,000 eligible applicants this school year are entangled in the Springfield budget standoff.

As a result, there is "a lot of confusion among students and a lot of uncertainly as to whether they'll be able to afford to return to school this fall," said Eve Rips, Midwest director at Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy group.

"These students who aren't getting MAP funding are all truly in a place where paying for college is going to be very difficult," she added.

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:02pm
Wed Feb 18, 2015

Critics Slam Rauner's Budget Over 'Morally Reprehensible' Cuts

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling for massive cuts to health care, education and other vital services as part of his budget blueprint to "turnaround" Illinois. Progress Illinois rounds up some of the praise and outrage that has poured in following Rauner's first budget address.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:12pm
Thu Sep 25, 2014

Illinois College Dems Call Rodney Davis Out For Ryan Budget Votes

While U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) was in Bloomington Wednesday to campaign for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL,13), college students and critics of the Illinois Republican took to Twitter to blast Davis for supporting the conservative Ryan budget.

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by Ellyn Fortino
12:33pm
Mon Sep 22, 2014

Young Illinoisans Weigh In On The Governor's Race

Young Illinois Democrats and Republicans say a lot is at stake for them in the November gubernatorial election. Progress Illinois chats with younger Illinoisans about the governor's race and several policy issues on their radar.