Willis Urges Governor to Sign Bill to Fund MAP Grants

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to sign Senate Bill 2043 into law, which would fund the Monetary Award Program (MAP), a grant to low-income college students throughout the State of Illinois.

“We need to make sure we fund the essential programs that people depend on,” Willis said. “I worked on a college campus for many years and I can tell you that many students rely on financial assistance, like MAP grants, to help secure their education and a brighter future.”

Senate Bill 2043 passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and awaits action from the governor. MAP provides grants to Illinois residents in financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Due to the budget impasse, this program is not currently being funded. Senate Bill 2043 would appropriate funds so that students can continue their education without worrying that they will no longer be able to afford their college costs.

“I supported this bill because it is important for students from all backgrounds to continue their education,” Willis said. “I urge Governor Rauner to sign this bill into law so that we can continue to provide educational opportunities to these students.”

Kathleen Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.