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Quinn makes push for MAP grants in statewide tour

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years.

The Chicago Democrat started a statewide tour Thursday in Chicago's DePaul University and was scheduled to stop in DeKalb and Urbana.

Quinn wants to double the number of Monetary Award Program scholarships for college students.

The state budget allocates $373 million for MAP grants. Quinn's proposed budget calls for an increase of $50 million. He estimates 21,000 more students will be able to attend college because of it.

Quinn wants to make the temporary income tax increase permanent in his budget, saying that'll help avoid deep cuts to education and other services.

However, Republicans say the tax should be allowed to roll back and spending should be cut elsewhere.

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