Lawmakers who want to end an often-abused legislative scholarship program were hopeful for a breakthrough after a top leader in the
Cullerton was joined as a co-sponsor in a scholarship ban by Senate Minority Leader
Radogno said she was "very pleased" with the development. The examples of abuse in the system, documented for decades by the Tribune and other news outlets, have provided the justification for stopping the program, she said.
Most recently, federal authorities subpoenaed the state education records of scholarships given to the relatives of a campaign donor to former state Rep. Bob Molaro, D-Chicago.
The measure advanced from a subcommittee this morning with two senators voting in favor and Lightforfd voting present.
Lightford said she voted present rather than in opposition because she supported a task force placed in Cullerton's bill to review all of the $350 million worth of tuition waivers granted at state universities.
Cullerton said his measure has the support of House Speaker
Cullerton said he expected passage in both chambers.
For years, the Senate under