- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for doubling the number of monetary award program scholarships for college students.

The Democrat used his State of the State address to propose the idea on Wednesday. He says it’s part of his goal of making sure that 60 percent of the adult workforce in Illinois has a degree or career certificate by 2025.

Quinn says MAP scholarships currently help 140,000 students go to college. It’s a need-base scholarship.

The governor says by increasing the amount of money available to for the grants, the state can ensure that “deserving students in need are equipped to excel in the 21st Century workplace.”

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