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Lawmakers, Quinn agree to find money for grants

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois legislative leaders say they have agreed to come up with money for college financial aid.

Lawmakers emerging from a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn say they agreed to appropriate an extra $200 million for the Monetary Award Program. But they said they haven't figured out where to get the money.

Quinn signed a budget in July that provided only about half of the the $440 million MAP's funding. The Legislature gave him $1.2 billion in discretionary spending but he did not use any of that for MAP.

Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, says the General Assemblly will appropriate $200 milllion to help 137,000 students pay tuition. But he acknowledged it will be next spring until they determine how to pay it.

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