Quinn receives bill to ban GA scholarships to legislator families

The General Assembly scholarships program, a law that costs state universities $13.9 million in FY 2010 according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, was amended to prevent Illinois legislators from using the scholarships for the benefit of family.

The amendment, which has been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn, would exclude legislators’ relatives, including relatives by marriage, from eligibility.

Some supporters criticized the bill, nonetheless. They say the entire program should be eliminated.

Lauren N Johnson reports for the Illinois Statehouse Bureau Illinois Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican said the bill serves as a protection against nepotism that most legislators thought was already in place. “I was surprised that legislators were not prohibited from giving scholarships to relatives. … This puts one more safeguard into a law which I think should be abolished,” Dillard said.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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