CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to promote his proposed $50 million student assistance program while meeting with DePaul University students, but in his sales pitch, he'll likely omit details about how he's cut college funds in the past, the Rauner campaign said Thursday.
"Quinn's rhetoric doesn't match his history," the Rauner campaign said, but didn't offer Rauner's position on the issue.
Despite his call to increase student assistance funding in 2012, Governor Quinn signed a 2013 budget that cut the Monetary Award Program by 4 percent to $370.8 million, Rauner's campaign said. A little over a third of the eligible students that applied received a MAP grant that year.
But in an effort to get 18- to 24- year old voters out in November, Quinn and the Democrats are proposing a funding hike that sounds good to college students, but one which his campaign doesn't explain how he will pay for in a state budget behind nearly $6 billion in Medicaid service payments and over $100 billion in state employee pension funds.