By a 39-15 vote, the Illinois Senate approved a proposal Thursday that would fully fund the state’s Monetary Award Program for low-income college students.
The measure, spearheaded by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), passed the House on Tuesday. It now goes to the governor for consideration.
The legislation would allocate just over $227 million for the MAP program. If approved, that amount would add to the more than $167 million in MAP grant funding included in an emergency higher education bill signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner late last month.
Unlike the stopgap higher education spending measure, the new MAP grant plan doesn’t contain a funding source, something that has prompted Rauner to veto other spending bills.