* Gov. Pat Quinn is out on the circuit today…
GOVERNOR’S PUBLIC SCHEDULE
**Thursday, April 3, 2014**
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn will visit DePaul University to discuss his plan to make higher education more affordable and accessible by doubling the state’s investment in the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) over the next five years.
Quinn is also planning stops in Urbana and DeKalb.
* From the Bruce Rauner campaign…
Quinnocchio Goes To College
- Quinn’s History on MAP Grants Doesn’t Match His Rhetoric –
Quinnocchio predicts that when Pat Quinn meets with DePaul University students this morning about MAP grants he won’t tell them about his previous cuts to the program. […]
Quinn Eventually Signed A Budget That Actually Cut MAP Funds For FY2013. “The budget he signed last month cuts MAP funds by 4 percent, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.” (Christopher Wills, “Quinn Signs Bill Ending Legislative Scholarships,” The Associated Press, 7/11/12)
Funding For Needy Illinois College Students Was Just $370.8 Million In FY2013 - When Adjusted For Inflation, That Is The Lowest Funding Level For MAP In More Than A Decade. (Table 2.0a, 2013 Illinois Student Assistance Commission Data Book, Accessed 3/27/14)
Only 37.4% Of Eligible Students Who Applied In FY2013 Received A MAP Grant - The Lowest Proportion Of Applicants To Receive Grants Since FY1999 At Least. (Table 2.0a, 2013, Illinois Student Assistance Commission Data Book, Accessed 3/27/14)
Quinn Cut MAP Funding In Half In 2009
Quinn And General Assembly Democrats Slashed MAP Funding In Half In The Initial FY2010 Budget. “About a quarter of Illinois’ college students depend on the so-called MAP grants. But lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn decided earlier this year, in the midst of a state budget crisis, to fund only about half of the $440 million program — enough to get students through the first half of the school year.” (Jodi. S. Cohen, “College Funding Program On Empty,” Chicago Tribune, 10/11/09
* Rauner was in Champaign County yesterday and talked about the need for more spending on higher education…
“Under Pat Quinn’s administration state support for the (University of Illinois) and other universities has been cut. That’s wrong. We should be increasing our investment in education. Education’s the most important investment we can make together as a community.”
He also said he’d undertake a closer review of university spending as governor.
“Much of the spending at the University of Illinois and in other universities has grown very highly in the administrative cost structure whereas spending inside the classroom and on research hasn’t necessarily kept pace. I’d like to see us re-prioritize, invest in the classroom for the students and invest in the research and the potential economic development and be more efficient in the administrative layer.”