From the Illinois State Senate
State Senator Michael Frerichs, 52nd Legislative District
For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Frerichs praises the passage of bill abolishing General Assembly scholarships
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Michael Frerichs (D – Champaign) joined his colleagues today in voting to abolish the General Assembly scholarship program which has gained attention in recent years as abuses in the program by legislators have come to light.
“I have been pushing this bill for the past three years and I am very happy to see my colleagues joining me today in ending this scandal-ridden program that has cost our taxpayers and our universities millions of dollars,” Frerichs said. “I am glad to see an end to this practice is in sight.”
Abolishing legislative scholarships has not been the only effort to eliminate wasteful and fraudulent spending that cost taxpayers money in recent years. For the past four years, the Senate has taken steps to rein in spending through shared sacrifices, such as cutting their pay, which would save nearly $1 million this year.
“Legislators have to prove to the people of Illinois that we are serious about reforming our state government,” Frerichs continued. “We understand the importance of shared sacrifice in solving our budget deficit.”