02/25/2012 12:51 pm ET

Relatives Of Lobbyists, Campaign Donors Got Lawmakers' Help To Enter U. Of I.

Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.

The first broad analysis of who benefited from the school's clout lists shows that a number of lawmakers championed applicants whose relatives donated to their campaigns or represented groups that regularly made political contributions.

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