A bill to abolish legislative scholarships passed in committee yesterday, and now heads to the House for a full vote. It would make it illegal for lawmakers to hand out tuition waivers to students in their districts. The waivers have been criticized in recent years because some lawmakers were abusing the practice, giving out waivers to relatives and kids of financial supporters.
Original: February 12, 11:38 am
The legislative scholarship program is headed for the chopping block in Springfield. Lawmakers introduced a proposal to eliminate it after reports of abuse surfaced.
It was revealed that on more than one occasion lawmakers issued waivers to friends, family members and financial supporters. Governor Pat Quinn supports the idea saying the state should consider giving more MAP grants to help needy students afford college.
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