IL House approves end to legislative scholarships

Mar 22, 2012

Illinoislawmakers are again pushing to get rid of legislative scholarships.  The House voted yesterday to end the program that allows each lawmaker to hand out tuition waivers to students from their district. The measure now goes to the Senate, which has backed the program in the past.  Each legislator can award four-year waivers to two students or divide them among up to eight students.  The program has received criticism after revelations some legislators awarded waivers to family members and the children of political allies. It also costs state universities millions of dollars a year.  Governor Pat Quinn has urged the Senate to abolish the program and use the money for deserving students in financial need.