An attempt to end Illinois' so-called "legislative scholarship" program has been blocked, for now. The program allows legislators to hand out free tuition at state universities. But press reports have shown repeated abuse of the program, with waivers going to campaign donors' children and others with political connections. A measure to end the program passed the House last month, and has more than enough co-sponsors to pass the Senate. But Senate Democrats diverted the measure into a subcommittee. Republicans charge it's a delaying tactic, but Senate Democratic spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon says that's not true:
"They will have a fair hearing. And the proponents or opponents have the opportunity to convince the people on that subcommittee to either move it or keep it there."
Republicans say they had been under the impression the proposal to end the scholarships was supposed to have come up for a vote yesterday.
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