Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perk - the ability to award college scholarships.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.
The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting any payment.
Over the years, legislators have given waivers to the children of friends, campaign donors and political allies.
Updated at 1:25 with statement from the city.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request to review an opinion from a lower federal appeals court that allowed a St. Louis man to keep a mural that protests eminent domain.
Updated at 1:00 p.m. following conference call and media availability.
Updated at 1:07 to correct who would have to provide the tuition waiver.
Missouri residents attending the four campuses of the University of Missouri system will see their tuition increase by three percent - about $230 - next year.
The system's Board of Curators voted 7-0 during a teleconference meeting this morning to approve that increase, as well as increases in a variety of fees that students pay for specialized programs.
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