Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.
On Wednesday, the House released a copy of the subpoena for Burke’s scholarship records, making him the third known lawmaker whose records have been requested. Burke, the brother of powerful 14th Ward Ald.
Earlier this month, Gov.
The records of former Rep. Robert Molaro, D-Chicago, were subpoenaed last year following a Tribune investigation that showed he had given $94,000 worth of scholarships to the family of a longtime friend and donor.
As Quinn prepared to sign the ban, word broke that a federal subpoena had been sent last month seeking the scholarship records of Sen.
The House voted to ban the program March 21, the day after Collins lost. The subpoena seeking Burke's records was dated the same day, and called for the records to be available for a grand jury hearing on April 3.
The Burke subpoena asked for "all documents identifying the recipients of the scholarship and their associated residence." It also asked for any records of any funds or gift received in connection with scholarship awards.