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Illinois lawmakers give up maligned tuition waiver program; governor backs ending the perk
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ' Illinois lawmakers have voted to end a much-criticized program that allowed each of them to hand out two four-year college tuition waivers per year.
The state House voted 79-32 on Monday to end the longstanding program. The state Senate voted to abolish the perk earlier this month.
The program allowed each lawmaker to award taxpayer-funded tuition waivers to public universities and many spread the wealth by handing out eight one-year waivers per year. But lawmakers have also awarded waivers to the relatives of lobbyists' or their friends.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says scholarships should only be awarded on merit and that he plans to sign the measure.