CVS to Stop Carrying Tobacco Products

CVS announced Wednesday it will stop carrying tobacco products.

Gov. Quinn: State Pensions Threaten Illinois MAP Grants

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Gov. Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul on Wednesday. (Photo/Josclynn Brandon)

By Josclynn Brandon and Angelica Robinson

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

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Gov. Quinn: State Pensions Threatening MAP Grants

Governor Pat Quinn Photo

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at a press conference at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon Brandon)

By Josclynn Brandon and Angelica Robinson

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

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Nonprofit Organization Aims to Cut into Veterans Benefits Delay

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Joe Franzese talks about how nonprofit organizations help with delays for veterans benefits. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

By Lindsey Nemcek

U.S. military veterans must deal with delays in federal services because of an overwhelming number of soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, but grassroots organizations in Illinois and other states are stepping in to fill the gaps.

Less than two years old, the nonprofit Warrior to Warrior Volunteer Veteran Program is one of those grassroots organizations who help Illinois veterans with the problems they face when returning back to civilian life.

“When a veteran gets out, they are entitled to benefits due to their disability,” said Joe Franzese, Warrior to Warrior program coordinator and Iraq War veteran. “With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, [the government] didn’t anticipate them lasting 12 years. They weren’t prepared for the amount of veterans coming out and needing the VA services.”

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