Rauner signs legislation to help keep Illinois students in state

Rauner signs legislation to help keep Illinois students in state
According to the office of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the governor has signed legislation creating a merit-based scholarship program for Illinois students.

CHAMPAIGN, IL (KFVS) - According to the office of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the governor has signed legislation creating a merit-based scholarship program for Illinois students.

It will also create a task force to help share college and career interest data between high schools and higher education institutions.

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"Our future as a state is dependent upon people wanting to live, work and attend school here in Illinois," Rauner said. "We want to create a place where our young people want to learn and put what they have learned into practice through careers that enrich our economy and make Illinois a better place to live."

Senate Bill 2927 creates the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program, a merit-based scholarship for Illinois students who attend college in-state.

From 1991 to 2014, enrollment at Illinois public universities and community colleges declined by 50,000 students.

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