Aid restored to low-income Ill. college students -

Aid restored to low-income Ill. college students

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore college financial aid to nearly 140,000 low-income students.

Lawmakers drastically cut funding for the state's Monetary Award Program, also known as MAP grants. That meant many students would not get funding for the second semester of this academic year.

Quinn signed legislation Sunday. He says he hopes to work with legislators to find revenue to better support the program in the future.

Quinn has been lobbying to restore the funding while receiving criticism from his Democratic primary challenger. Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says Quinn signed off on the cuts to the program in the first place and then passed the buck to legislators.

Hynes claims Quinn had the ability to fund the program through discretionary funding.

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