Legislative Scholarship Program
The program allowing state lawmakers to give free tuition to students – who are supposed to live in the lawmakers’ respective districts – is a step closer to the junk pile, winning approval Thursday in an Illinois House committee.
The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to their constituents, removing the final roadblock to ending a century-old practice plagued by allegations of corruption and political favoritism.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has done an about face, and now recommends abolishing state scholarships awarded by state lawmakers.
The state’s controversial legislative scholarship program — which allows lawmakers to provide free tuition to state universities to students in their districts — is still alive, despite several attempts to end it. And a top Republican lawmaker says Senate Democratic leaders won’t let efforts to repeal the program come up for a vote.
The governor says he’ll accept nothing less than abolition of the state’s General Assembly scholarship program this year.
The Better Government Association doesn’t trust lawmakers to reform the state’s legislative scholarship program, so it is calling for the abolition of the program.
With the start of a new calendar year comes a familiar call from dozens of state lawmakers – abolish the legislative scholarship program.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan plans to block an attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to end the controversial legislative scholarship program.