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  • Illinois lawmakers vote to cut own pay

    SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers today voted to give themselves 12 unpaid days off during the next year and rejected 1.1 percent cost-of-living increases.
  • 'Unemployed need not apply' a disturbing trend

    'Unemployed need not apply' a disturbing trend
    I recently found an array of online job postings that greet seekers with these encouraging words: "MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, NO EXCEPTIONS." How lovely. In a country with 13.9 million unemployed residents, that's akin to a restaurant requiring a hungry...

    Rep. Burke's scholarship records subpoenaed by feds

    Rep. Burke's scholarship records subpoenaed by feds
    Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring. On...

    One last hurray for legislative scholarships

    One last hurray for legislative scholarships
    For more than a century, legislative scholarships had been an expression of political clout in Illinois. Lawmakers could give the valuable freebies – which essentially waived tuition and fees at a state unviersity – to whomever they chose. And...

    Quinn signs legislative scholarships ban amid subpoena against lawmaker

    Quinn signs legislative scholarships ban amid subpoena against lawmaker
    Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to kill the long-abused legislative scholarship program. "Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and qualify for scholarships to go to college, too often the program was abused in a...