Gov. Pat Quinn to Sign Illinois DREAM Act into Law

Illinois is about to become a DREAM state for immigrant students who are undocumented.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill that would give such students access to private scholarships for college and lets them enroll in state college savings programs.

Quinn will visit Benito Juárez Community Academy in Chicago on Monday to sign the Illinois Dream Act.

Students must have at least one immigrant parent in the country either legally or without documents and the student must have attended school in Illinois for at least three years to qualify for scholarship money. The legislation creates a panel to raise private money for college scholarships.

The measure has been wrongly confused with a federal measure of a similar name that would provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. The Illinois law would have no impact on immigration status.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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