07/17/2012 11:52 am ET

Quinn Abolishes Legislative Scholarships

SPRINGFIELD—— Long before he ended up in a federal prison for corruption as governor, Rod Blagojevich drew a bit of attention for doling out a legislative scholarship to a relative of a Northwest Side ward boss.

The well-scrubbed young state lawmaker had defeated the House candidate backed by then-Ald. Terry Gabinski, and a tuition waiver to help the relative attend Eastern Illinois University was maybe a way to mend fences with the 32nd Ward power broker.

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