May 21, 2012
By Stephanie Fryer | Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House voted Monday to abolish a century-old legislative scholarship program blighted by lawmaker abuse.
“There is no place for a political scholarship program in Illinois. As I have repeatedly advocated — scholarships, paid for by Illinois taxpayers — should be awarded only to those with merit who are in true financial need,” Quinn said in an emailed statement. “Abolishing this program is the right thing to do.”
The House voted 79-32 to end the program.
Legislators who opposed ending the program said cutting it was a disservice to students who rely on the waivers to afford college.
According to published reports, Illinois’ legislative scholarship program was established in 1909 and enabled the state’s 177 lawmakers to give tuition waivers to as many as eight students each year for any state public university.
Originally reported by Illinois Statehouse News. Read the original article here.