CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says a proposed cigarette tax could be a short-term solution to restore funding to the state's largest financial aid program for college students.
Quinn told students at a rally Tuesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago that an income tax increase could be a long-term solution.
Funding to the Monetary Award Program, or MAP, was slashed in budget cuts.
The program helps around 200,000 Illinois students pay for college. But the program doesn't have the money to fund students in the second half of the 2009-2010 academic year.
Top legislative leaders have vowed to focus on ways to restore the funding and have said it'll be at the top of the agenda for a veto session next month.
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