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.
Quinn in August used his amendatory veto power to compel lawmakers to make a decision about the legislative perk.
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.
The scholarships have long been a source of ethical and sometimes legal concern.
Lawmakers can give them to anyone in their districts. Many go to students with ties to campaign contributors.
Prosecutors recently subpoenaed records regarding scholarships that former lawmaker Robert Molaro gave to a supporter's children who might not have lived in his district.