Attorney General Hopeful Pat Quinn Visits ISU

 Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hopes to be elected as the next Illinois Attorney General on November 6. (Image Credit: Pat Quinn for Attorney General, Facebook)

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hopes to be elected as the next Illinois Attorney General on November 6. (Image Credit: Pat Quinn for Attorney General, Facebook)

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made a quick stop at Illinois State University Thursday afternoon during a trip downstate as part of his campaign for Illinois Attorney General.

Quinn said he’ll be “a strong voice” for university and college students if elected on November 6.

“I used to teach at a community college, and I don’t like when big banks have unfair policies with respect to student loans,” Quinn said. “I think it’s important that the attorney general fight for students who want to make sure they get a fair shake when it comes to taking on a loan to go to college.”

He also touched on the Illinois Monetary Award (MAP) Program he said his successor Governor Bruce Rauner hasn’t done enough to protect. The program providing higher education grants to students demonstrating financial need was suspended during Illinois’ two-year budget impasse.

“Students were really left in the lurch,” Quinn said. “It put a lot of people in harm’s way financially.” Quinn said he wouldn’t be afraid to take on Rauner as “a lawyer for people who don’t have a champion.”

“If Rauner in any way takes away the opportunity for a student to go to college or tries to take away the healthcare people are entitled to under law, you have to have somebody be a vigorous, zealous advocate for folks who live paycheck to paycheck.”

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced in September she won’t seek re-election. Quinn worked closely with Madigan when he took office following the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2009, an experience he feels would help him navigate the position.

The politician also pointed to President Donald Trump’s election in his choice to join the race.

“Trump’s policies I strongly disagree with, but you have to use the law to defend the law, and I think that’s the role of attorney general in our state right now.”