Fostering education – Pushing out of the Illinois Senate on a 40-15 vote, Sen. Christina Castro’s (D-Elgin) SB2846 has made it to the House. It would set aside funds for the Youth in Care Last Dollar Grant. When FAFSA, Pell and student loans fall short, the Last Dollar Grant would build a funding bridge into Illinois community colleges for young adults aging out of the state’s care. Former foster kids have extraordinarily high rates of incarceration and corrections encounters compared to other 18-year-olds in Illinois. Bill proponents say it would cost the state less than $1 million to send more than 700 students to college.

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