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  • 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 many chose people they knew quite well, including children of campaign donors, party loyalists and state employees.
  • Legislators generous with scholarships before start of ban

    Legislators generous with scholarships before start of ban
    Even as the troubled legislative scholarship program was on its last legs, state lawmakers continued to make questionable choices and show possible political favoritism in awarding the free college tuition, a Tribune analysis found. The newspaper's...

    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...

    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...

    State lawmaker charged with bribery cruises to primary victory

    State lawmaker charged with bribery cruises to primary victory
    A Chicago Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery a week ago won decisively in Tuesday's primary, the first election under a newly drawn map that shook up House and Senate seats from the city to the suburbs. Even before unofficial results rolled in,...