IL President Lobbies for Cigarette Tax

Springfield, IL – Southern Illinois University's president is backing Governor Pat Quinn's proposal to put a new one dollar tax on cigarettes, saying the extra revenue could be used to help low-income college students. Glenn Poshard says the tax might shore up the monetary assistance program, or MAP. Those grants help more than 75-hundred generally low-income students attend SIU. State budget cuts have left no funding for the 2010 spring semester. Poshard says MAP students represent nearly one-quarter of the enrollment at SIU's Carbondale campus.