Madigan Introduces New MAP Grant Funding Plan

House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a plan of his own to fund MAP grants for college students, just after the leaders meeting wrapped up. (WICS)

House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a plan to fund MAP grants for college students after Tuesday's leaders meeting wrapped up.

This comes a few weeks after Governor Rauner signed a bill to partially fund MAP grants.

The speaker's bill calls for 100% funding for MAP grants which he says will cost $225 million.

Republicans are calling the plan another unfunded mandate even though the money would come from the general revenue fund.

"Why we're doing this bill now baffles me. We don't have the money to pay for it. Families, kids, anyone watching this, this money's not going to get to you," said Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, House Minority Leader.

"I believe, and I think we can all agree, that students across our state deserve better than 40% of their funding," said Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, Speaker of the House.

Speaker Madigan says this bill provides the chance to offer stability to state universities.

But Republicans countered saying since the money comes from the general revenue fund, the MAP grant payments will be lumped in with the state's nearly $8 billion backlog of bills.

The bill did pass by a 68-45 vote and now heads to the Senate.

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