Students converge on Capitol for financial aid rally

From the Peoria Journal Star:

The threat of losing a key piece of financial aid next semester spurred thousands of Illinois college students to rally Thursday in Springfield and pressure lawmakers to replenish funding for the Monetary Award Program.

“We need MAP!” they chanted as they converged on a parking lot about a block south of the state Capitol.

By the end of the day, the students seemed to have gotten their wish. The Illinois House of Representatives and the state Senate approved legislation that expands spending authority for MAP.