Ill. Senate vote to end legislative scholarships stalled

Apr 19, 2012

Committee shuffling has kept measures to end controversial Illinois legislative scholarships from coming to a vote.

Republican leader Sen. Christine Radogno says she's disappointed it was moved to a subcommittee Wednesday and didn't get a vote. Two similar measures have been sitting in the committee since February.

The program allows lawmakers to hand out university tuition waivers to students in their district. It drew criticism after revelations that some legislators awarded waivers to family members, political allies' children or students outside their district.

The legislation passed the House but stalled in the Senate. One measure has enough Senate sponsors to pass if it reaches a vote.

Sen. Dan Harmon says the committee will have a hearing soon to discuss merging the measures.