Ill. Lawmakers Still Handing Out Free Tuition Rides
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (IRN) – The old saying, “it’s not what you know but rather who you know” is still a factor in Illinois.
A free tuition program – in which Illinois lawmakers are allowed to award scholarships to state universities – is still alive, and a top Republican says Senate Democratic leaders won’t let a proposed repeal come up for a vote.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says she looks “cynically” at the Democrats’ insistence on placing three different bills that would kill the controversial program into a subcommittee. She says Democratic leadership – not calling out the Senate president by name – simply wants to stall the issue.
Radogno made her comments during and after a committee meeting at which she expected the proposal to be discussed. She says the House has already passed a repeal, and one of the Senate bills has enough co-sponsors to pass on its own.
The program has garnered some unfavorable publicity for lawmakers; some of the recipients have come from families which are campaign donors or are otherwise politically connected.