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A BILL THAT AIMS TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE AND KEEP STUDENTS IN ILLINOIS PASSED THE HOUSE MONDAY. 
 
THE MEASURE PROVIDES UP TO FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS GRANTS TO STUDENTS ATTENDING AN IN-STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. FAMILIES WOULD HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN INCOME GUIDELINES AND STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TO MAINTAIN AT LEAST A “B” AVERAGE WHILE THEY ARE IN SCHOOL SAYS BILL SPONSOR, REPRESENTATIVE LOU LANG OF SKOKIE.
 
 
REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT PRITCHARD OF SYCAMORE SAYS IT’S A GREAT IDEA, BUT THAT THE STATE CAN’T SUPPORT THE 300 TO 400 MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL PRICE TAG.
 
 
THE BILL ALSO SETS UP A FUND TO HELP COLLEGES ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TEACHERS. CRITICS QUESTION HOW THE STATE CAN AFFORD THE 300 TO 400 MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL PRICE TAG. IT NOW MOVES TO THE SENATE.

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