Statehouse
7:13 am
Wed March 12, 2014

GOP Candidates Face University of Illinois Admissions Question

The Republican contenders for governor are facing questions about their roles in a five-year-old admissions scandal at the University of Illinois.  

The scandal involved some politicians using clout to get students enrolled. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard have acknowledged their names are on the list the University of Illinois maintained of lawmakers who called to check on applications. They were asked about it at a televised debate last week.  

State Sen. Bill Brady said he'd never tried to influence admissions decisions. But afterward he acknowledged that his name is on the list, too. He said his office staff made the calls, not him personally.  

Brady said Tuesday that he believes the debate question dealt strictly with the use of clout, something he says he never did.