Ill. Lawmakers Still Handing Out Free Tuition Rides

Dave Dahl, Illinois State Capitol

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.

Copyright IRN

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