Chicago Pride Parade Attendance Increases in Recent Years

The Chicago Pride Parade seems to be gaining more popularity throughout the years. From 1985 to 2014 there was a 96.5 percent increase in attendance for the Parade. A huge increase in attendees is seen from 2010 to 2014.

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Gov. Pat Quinn
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

 

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.
“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”
MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

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