Among the casualties of the Illinois budget impasse are grants that help low-income students pay for college. On Wednesday, Democrats in the state Senate voted to address that.
Thousands of students take advantage of the so-called MAP grants to attend everything from community colleges to the U. of I.
Randy Dunn, the president of Southern Illinois University, says two-thirds of students at the Carbondale campus get help from the program.
"The average award for our students is significant," Dunn told a Senate committee. "This is not something that's chicken feed."