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Eliminating scholarship program sadly overdue
We were pleased last week when Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law abolishing the General Assembly's corruption-plagued college scholarship program.
Unfortunately, the law passed by the General Assembly this spring was long-overdue. Over the years all too many state lawmakers had handed out full-ride scholarships to the state's universities as political favors-instead of to students in need.
Coincidentally, as Quinn signed the law, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office announced it has begun a criminal investigation into a series of scholarships handed out by State Sen. Annazette Collins, D-Chicago.
What we regret with the end of the scholarship program is that it will hurt deserving students as the cost for a college education continues to skyrocket. (This fall a freshman at the University of Illinois will pay an incredible $24,000 in tuition, fees and housing expenses.)
The scholarships that were awarded to students across Illinois over the years were an investment by the state in those students, their families and our society as a whole. Now, because all too many state lawmakers abused the scholarship program for their own political benefit that investment will no longer be made.