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updated: 4/30/2014 5:17 PM

Quinn wants more scholarships for needy students

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SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois to increase scholarships for needy college students.

Quinn held a rally on the issue Wednesday in Springfield. He wants to increase funding for the Monetary Assistance Program by $50 million next year. He says that would give 21,000 more students access to grant money.

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The state allocated $373 million this year for the grants, which benefit more than 140,000 students.

The Chicago Democrat is waging a tough re-election battle against Winnetka Republican Bruce Rauner. Quinn has made education funding a core component of his campaign.

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