House Speaker Implicated in Admissions Scandal
The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan helped to get nearly 30 students admitted to the University of Illinois system after their family members contributed heavily to his campaigns.
After Chicago Tribune and Daily Illini investigations last year found that politically connected students were being admitted when they shouldn’t be, a number of University officials resigned. Now, a subsequent investigation by the Tribune finds that the powerful Illinois Speaker helped 28 students admitted to the University, only five of whom were from his district. In total, the families of those students contributed $115,200 to the Speaker’s campaigns.
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