Senator Bill Brady and Senator Dan Rutherford of Chenoa (at right) welcome students from Illinois State University in Bloomington October 15.

The students came to the State Capitol to ask lawmakers to restore funding to Illinois’ Monetary Award Program (MAP). Governor Pat Quinn cut MAP, which provides financial assistance to approximately 145,000 Illinois college students. Governor Quinn reduced state funding to MAP by 50 percent, and unless the revenue is reinstated, there will be no MAP awards for the 2010 spring semester.

Among those students attending was ISU Student Body President Matt Spialek, who worked as a legislative intern in Senator Brady’s district office during the Spring 2009 semester.

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