At CLAIM meeting, Oct. 9, 2013, Julian School: college costs, student lunch, pensions

Oak Park Newspapers

 How high the cost of college:

A panel of student-questioners were given the floor. First, the high cost of college.

Harmon said legislators are aware of the problem and are working on it.

Lightford referred to MAP (Monetary Award Program) grants, the state’s financial aid program for “neediest” students attending Illinois colleges.

Lilly offered a remarkable claim: “I passed legislation for grants for junior college,” adding an equally remarkable suggestion, “I’d like to put on the table, [we should] get parents involved. We need to bring them to this room and ask them how to do it.”

Say what?

But parents were in this room, so were their children, asking four legislators, one of them Lilly, how to solve the problem. No one asked her what she had in mind, who apparently knew her well enough to just let it go.

The oddity of “passing legislation” remains unexplained. Her only…

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