Opinion: "Oh, the Pain of Giving Up a Perk"

Excerpt from Carol Marin's latest column

By Carol Marin
|  Saturday, May 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:41 PM CDT
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Opinion: "Oh, the Pain of Giving Up a Perk"

Illinois General Assembly

State Sen. Annazette R. Collins

State Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) was not pleased Thursday when I called.

Are you in Springfield?

“No,” she said.

Are you in Chicago?

“Yes,” she said, adding, “I don’t like talking to you all.”

At that, she hung up.

I was asking only because a major vote had just taken place in Springfield to abolish legislative scholarships, a century-old, favorite perk of lawmakers. But a perk that had fallen into ill repute after being abused by politicians who handed out free state tuition like candy to the children of clout-heavy pals and campaign donors.

Collins was a no-show on that vote. Then again, she has had a bad few months.

Read Carol Marin's full column in the Chicago Sun-Times...

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