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Ill. Senate votes to end legislative scholarshipsIllinois Senate clears last roadblock to ending perk letting lawmakers award college tuition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ' The Illinois Senate has agreed to end the practice of letting lawmakers hand out free college educations to constituents.
The Senate has for years been the last roadblock in efforts to end the program. Thursday's vote makes it likely the Illinois House and governor will quickly take the final steps to get rid of the tuition waivers.
The measure passed 43-5. Five senators voted "present."
Lawmakers have sometimes awarded scholarships to the children of donors and political allies or even their own relatives. They've also violated the rule saying recipients must live in the legislator's district.
But supporters say the scholarships let them help promising students who otherwise would not be able to attend college.
Illinois' program has been one of the few remaining of its kind.
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