Legislative Scholarships to End

Published 05/22 2012 04:54PM

Updated 05/22 2012 05:47PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Legislative scholarships will soon be a thing of the past. Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers have given scholarships to students who don't need them, so he's signing a bill to end the program.
    Quinn says it's an unfair program. He wants the focus to be on students who are struggling financially. Quinn says it's not right for lawmakers to "pick and choose" students when there are others who have a greater need.
    The scholarship program has been going for a century. Each lawmaker chooses 8 students to help each year. The governor believes the program is outdated and lawmakers shouldn't have that power.
    One representative says one bad apple shouldn't ruin it for the whole bunch. The bill is headed to Quinn's desk for his signature. Students who already received the scholarships will not be affected.

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