Proposal would have grads who leave Illinois repay state aid

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A measure introduced in the Illinois legislature would make students pay back certain tuition breaks from the state if they leave Illinois within five years of graduation. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the legislation would affect the Monetary Award Program, which serves about 140,000 lower income students. It’s part of a package of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet. Under the proposal, students receiving grants through the program would also have to graduate within four years and wouldn’t be able to get a grant a year after they flunk out. Funding for the Monetary Award Program would be held steady at $373 million under the proposed budget from Gov. Bruce Rauner.