legislative scholarships http://tspr.org en Illinois Legislative Scholarships Eliminated http://tspr.org/post/illinois-legislative-scholarships-eliminated <p>Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (<a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3810&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=62055&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97" target="_blank">HB 3810</a>) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.<br /><br />The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.<br /> Tue, 22 May 2012 02:07:54 +0000 Rich Egger 15482 at http://tspr.org Illinois Legislative Scholarships Eliminated Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships http://tspr.org/post/lawmakers-close-ending-legislative-scholarships <p>An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (<a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3810&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=62055&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97" target="_blank">HB 3810</a>) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.<br /><br />The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.<br /><br />Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented. Wed, 02 May 2012 20:36:50 +0000 Rich Egger 14453 at http://tspr.org Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships