Bill ends legislative scholarships in Illinois - – Rockford’s News Leader

Bill ends legislative scholarships in Illinois


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Wednesday to end legislative scholarships in the state.

For the past century Illinois lawmakers have had the privilege to award college scholarships to local students. However, this summer will be mark the end of the awards, which were actually tuition waivers, giving no actual payment to universities.

Under the program, legislators were not allowed to award scholarships to students that lived in their district. That rule was often broken, however. Scholarships were also frequently given to children of friends or political allies such as campaign donors.

Supporters say the program helped make sure students who may not have been able to otherwise attend college got the chance.

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