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

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

Excerpt from Carol Marin's latest column



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    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...