scholarships http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-holds-college-financial-aid-workshops-0 <p></p><p></p><p>Illinois governor Pat Quinn has announced free workshops across the state for college students and their parents to get advice on acquiring financial aid. The workshops will be conducted throughout February, which is Financial Aid Awareness Month.</p><p>Experts with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will help families understand and complete the commonly-used FAFSA, or Free Application for Student Aid.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:44:26 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33420 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops Ill. lawmakers agree to give up legislative scholarship perk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-lawmakers-agree-give-legislative-scholarship-perk <p>Illinois lawmakers have agreed to give&nbsp;up their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out college&nbsp;scholarships.</p><p>The century-old custom has been under fire because some&nbsp;legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and&nbsp;political insiders. Sometimes they ignored the rule requiring&nbsp;recipients to live in the legislator&#39;s district.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 22:42:34 +0000 The Associated Press 3756 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. lawmakers agree to give up legislative scholarship perk Ill. Senate votes to end legislative scholarships http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-votes-end-legislative-scholarships <p>The Illinois Senate has agreed to end&nbsp;the practice of letting lawmakers hand out free college educations&nbsp;to their constituents.</p><p>For years, the Senate had been the last roadblock in efforts to&nbsp;end the program. Thursday&#39;s Senate vote makes it likely the&nbsp;Illinois House and governor will quickly take the final steps in&nbsp;getting rid of the tuition waivers.</p><p>The measure passed 43-5, with five senators voting &quot;present.&quot;</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 16:42:59 +0000 The Associated Press 3624 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate votes to end legislative scholarships Ill. Senate vote to end legislative scholarships stalled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-vote-end-legislative-scholarships-stalled <p>Committee shuffling has kept measures&nbsp;to end controversial Illinois legislative scholarships from coming to a&nbsp;vote.</p><p>Republican leader Sen. Christine Radogno says&nbsp;she&#39;s disappointed it was moved to a subcommittee Wednesday and&nbsp;didn&#39;t get a vote. Two similar measures have been sitting in the&nbsp;committee since February.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:41:20 +0000 The Associated Press 3524 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate vote to end legislative scholarships stalled Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-january-10-2012 <p><strong>Some Republicans at odds with Nixon over&nbsp;state&#39;s job-creation tax&nbsp;breaks</strong></p><p>Some Republican lawmakers are at odds with members of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s administration over&nbsp;whether Missouri&#39;s job-creation tax breaks have been a success or failure. During a House committee hearing Monday, figures showed a wide gap between the number of jobs anticipated and those actually created by businesses approved for aid under the Missouri Quality Jobs program.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:26:17 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 2826 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 More Ill. legislators refusing to participate in controversial scholarship program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-ill-legislators-refusing-participate-controversial-scholarship-program <p><em>Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report.</em></p><p>More legislators are refusing to participate in Illinois&#39; controversial General Assembly scholarship program. It&#39;s a program that allows legislators to give students living in their districts tuition waivers to for state-run universities.</p><p>Many lawmakers promise they hold little to no sway in the decision process of who wins a waiver.</p><p>But others are accused of ensuring the scholarships go to relatives or campaign supporters, making the program one more example of Illinois policy gone corrupt.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:16:03 +0000 WUIS 2822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More Ill. legislators refusing to participate in controversial scholarship program Private school City Academy offers scholarship to child of first responder http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/private-school-city-academy-offers-scholarship-child-first-responder <p>A private school in the city of St. Louis is offering a full ride to the child of a police or firefighter in the city.</p><p><a href="http://www.cityacademyschool.org/">City Academy</a>&#39;s director of development, Ginger Imster, says school officials decided to offer the one-year scholarship after listening to testimony at a special legislative hearing on education held at the North City school earlier this year.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:02:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2692 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Private school City Academy offers scholarship to child of first responder Madigan vows to block Quinn, keep scholarships http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/madigan-vows-block-quinn-keep-scholarships <p>An aide to Michael Madigan says the House speaker will block Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s attempt to end the controversial legislative scholarship program.</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:46:30 +0000 The Associated Press 2236 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Madigan vows to block Quinn, keep scholarships Quinn to focus on scholarships in veto session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-focus-scholarships-veto-session <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to make the elimination of state-university scholarships that legislators now give away a high priority in the legislative session that start late this month.</p><p>Quinn in August used his amendatory veto power to compel lawmakers to make a decision about the legislative perk.</p><p>During an event at the University of Illinois on Friday, Quinn said legislative leaders from both parties should push their members to end the scholarships.</p><p>The scholarships have long been a source of ethical and sometimes legal concern.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:45:20 +0000 The Associated Press 2209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn to focus on scholarships in veto session Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-august-30-2011 <p><strong>Peabody Coal, ArcelorMittal to buy Australian coal giant </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2011/08/30/peabody-to-buy-macarthur-coal-for-52.html">According to the St. Louis Business Journal</a>, Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal has agreed to be bought by Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal for $5.2 billion. St. Louis-based Peabody has pursued Macarthur for more than a year.</p><p>The Australian company is the biggest miner of pulverized coal, which is used in making steel and in great demand in Asia.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:24:40 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1960 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 30, 2011