MAP grants en Simon Pushes for College Affordability <p>Illinois’ lieutenant governor wants more done to ensure a college education remains affordable. Democrat Sheila Simon is taking her message around the state as she visits each of the 12 public universities in Illinois.</p><p>“I do want to make sure that the state understands the value of investment in public higher education. That we still recognize the investment in higher education as the best economic development investment we can make,” said Simon during her stop at Western Illinois University.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:46:28 +0000 Rich Egger 23166 at Simon Pushes for College Affordability House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding <p>The&nbsp; Illinois House is considering a 6% cut to state universities&nbsp; in next year&#39;s budget. That&#39;s nearly double the reduction&nbsp; in&nbsp; the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.</p><p>The&nbsp; dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the&nbsp; institution.</p><p>Western Illinois University would lose nearly $3.4 million.</p><p>The&nbsp; proposal also slashes $15 million from scholarships for needy students through the Monetary Assistance Program, also known as MAP Grants.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 14:54:06 +0000 Rich Egger 15843 at House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding Hammond Says Governor Must find funding for Initiatives <p>State Representative Norine Hammond (R-94) is taking a wait-and-see attitude after hearing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s State of the State speech.<br /><br />She said she could support Quinn&#39;s plan to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program.&nbsp; It provides grants to college students.&nbsp; She has a few reservations.<br /><br />Hammond said,&nbsp; &ldquo;To increase MAP grants, if we have the funding-and again I think it&#39;s a big &#39;if&#39;-it is something that I could certainly support.&rdquo;<br /> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:36:19 +0000 James Lenz 9542 at Hammond Says Governor Must find funding for Initiatives