How One Illinois Lawmaker Used Tuition Waivers

June 2, 2010

Illinois lawmakers continue to debate the state's system of allowing legislators to award scholarships to college students in their districts -- with little oversight over whether the awards benefit political allies or donors. The Chicago Tribune reported on how one lawmaker used his funds -- not even following the minimal rule that recipients live in his district. One lawmaker gave out $94,000 to the four children of a political supporter, with the students saying they lived in the legislator's district even though they lived elsewhere and neither of their parents lived in the district.

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