The new law sets up a commission to raise private money for college scholarships.
Students qualify if they attended an Illinois high school for at least three years, received a diploma and have at least one parent who is an immigrant. Immigrant children here both illegally and legally can apply.
It also allows anyone with a Social Security number or taxpayer identification number to enroll in state-run college savings programs.
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Elwood1 at 12:45 PM August 04, 2011
I don't undetrstand how they can say that this isn't taxpayer funded. This is a program where the tuition is paid through private donation. However, the community colleges that they will be attending are funded primarily through county taxes, which is what makes the tuition so reasonable. Therefore, the county taxpayers are picking up the majority of the cost. Dear Mr. Quinn, I am having a diffult time trying to get my own kids through school in these hard economic times. Please stop spending our money for us on programs that are intended to get you the minority vote. It's getting dangerously close to time to leave Illinois.
readme2112 at 1:03 PM August 03, 2011
quinn is great for gays (civil unions) and illegal criminals (dream act) but normal law-abiding citizens just keep getting shafted..........
SnapTie at 7:34 PM August 02, 2011
Arizona paying dearly now for their bigoted, racist views!...Illinois to benefit big time!
Subject: Phoenix,Az.,(AP)- Immigration law is having an affect.
Illegal immigrants are boycotting Arizona by the hundreds of thousands, showing their outrage with Arizona's controversial immigration law by moving elsewhere.
In the town of Phoeinx,Az., Manuel Renaldo is one of those who is punishing Arizona by leaving. As he loaded his stolen pickup with his belongings and family of ten, Renaldo told this reporter through an interpreter "It's a matter of principle. I refuse to be supported by a state that treats me like a criminal."
The effects of the exodus are being felt by Arizona retailers who are reporting dwindling sales of beer, spray paint,ammunition and Pampers. Also hit hard are the state's hospitals, which have reported a dramatic decline in births and emergency room visits. Tattoo parlors are in a state of panic.
Renaldo told a reporter through an interpreter "He and his family are moving to Illinois, which is a state that will support him and his family with dignity."