Illinois Senate Democrats say they are compromising with a push for a bill to fund grants for college students at a lesser amount than they originally hoped. As the state continues into Day 49 of the new fiscal year with no budget in place Senate Democrats say they plan to take up a measure to fund the Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grants.
MAP grants offer money to tens of thousands of students throughout the state for tuition assistance. A posting from Senator Daniel Biss says the funding proposal would mirror what Governor Bruce Rauner recommended in his budget plan, nearly $374 million. The budget Democrats passed that the Governor vetoed contained an additional $24 million. The Senate is back in session Thursday.