Legislative Scholarship Program

Illinois State Capitol

House Committee Votes To End Legislative Scholarships

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.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

Illinois State Senate

Senate Votes To End Controversial Legislative Scholarship Program

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.


State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Does About-Face, Calls For Abolishing Legislative Scholarships

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has done an about face, and now recommends abolishing state scholarships awarded by state lawmakers.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

Illinois State Capitol

GOP Leader: Dems Blocking Effort To End Controversial Scholarship Program

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.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants Lawmakers To Abolish Legislative Scholarship Program

The governor says he’ll accept nothing less than abolition of the state’s General Assembly scholarship program this year.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

Andy Shaw

BGA Calls For Abolition Of Legislative Scholarship Program

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.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers Renew Call To End Legislative Scholarship Program

With the start of a new calendar year comes a familiar call from dozens of state lawmakers – abolish the legislative scholarship program.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2012

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Governor Seeks Bill Abolishing Controversial Scholarship Program

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan plans to block an attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to end the controversial legislative scholarship program.

CBS Chicago–10/13/2011