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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has a lofty goal – to ensure 60 percent of the state’s working-age adults are college-educated by 2025.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, only 40 percent of adults hold a college degree today. Simon is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation creating an incentive program for institutions that effectively retain their students until they graduate.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports

Simon says enough people are being admitted to colleges and universities, now the main goal is to keep students from dropping out.

“It’s not a question of steering more and more people to colleges in the state of Illinois, it’s making sure when they walk in the door the odds are in their favor that they’re going to leave with that certificate or associates degree or four year degree that they wanted,” she said.

Simon says a panel will convene shortly after the bill is signed to set up a system of incentives.

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