Quinn: No More Free Rides For College Granted By Lawmakers

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn says enough is enough with a program where politicians are allowed to provide full rides for favored students at Illinois schools.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Illinois lawmakers had been allowed to grant two free rides to students at Illinois colleges and universities.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

The program was highlighted when the Chicago Sun-Times found state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) had authorized scholarships for students from out of his district, with all giving the same questionable address within his district.

“We’re going to abolish that program. It’s time for it to go,” Quinn said, “and I think most everybody in Illinois understands that the scholarship program for politicians has been abused too many times.”

Quinn says he convinced lawmakers to stop taking their pay all up front each year, and believes they will go along with reserving the scholarship program for needy students.

  • KE


    I watched it happen for YEARS — free tuition for the lkids of LOBBYISTS, FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY and CITY administrators and workers.. even for the restaurant owners guaranteeing that the politician woul never have to pay for a meal in their favorite restaurant again!

    • Roberta Waker

      I totally agree, but there are others getting free scholarships that don’t deserve them, i.e., ILLEGALS via the Dream Act that Gov. Quinn recently signed. There are many legal American students that can’t get scholarships because they are being given to illegals. At least stopping the political favoritism for scholarships is the first step in the right direction. Now, it’s time to take the second step.

  • Roberta Waker

    What’s the difference between politicians giving scholarships to students and the Dream Act giving scholarships to ILLEGALS in Illinois? BOTH ARE WRONG!!! American citizens that need scholarships should be able to get them, but can’t because these scholarships go to illegals via pro-amnesty groups and corporations. We need to stop giving ILLEGALS free education, medical, housing, food, social services, etc. If you are here LEGALLY, we will welcome you; if you come here ILLEGALLY we will deport you. PERIOD.

  • Gerri A

    I agree 100% with you Roberta. I could not have stated it any better.

  • franklin808

    Quinn’s doing a good job.

    • Ken Davis

      Yeah right. That’s why we don’t have concealed carry like the rest of the nation. That’s why the gambling expansion bill hasn’t passed. This guy is an idiot!!!

  • Just Axin

    Franklin- what union you in?

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