The 44th District Senator noted that the House of Representatives has passed legislation to abolish the program, but the Democrat-controlled Senate has blocked the measure. Democrat leaders of the General Assembly last year failed to address Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of reforms to prevent awarding the scholarships to family members. Governor Quinn rewrote the bill to abolish the program.
“The program should be abolished, but short of Democrats agreeing to that, the time has come for me to cease awarding tuition waivers, despite the fact that they have enhanced the ability of many students in my district to obtain a college education,” Senator Brady said.
Senator Brady has not been involved in the selection of the scholarship recipients in his district, giving that responsibility to a committee of educators and community leaders who judged the applications blindly and selected the recipients.