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University of Illinois trustees are conducting their own internal review of the influence of money and political power on student admissions.

University of Illinois trustees are conducting their own internal review of the influence of money and political power on student admissions. At the start of their regular quarterly meeting in Chicago, trustees on Thursday said they plan to report their findings soon and offer improved admissions practices they can adopt. Several trustees have appeared this month before a state commission examining admissions at the school’s Urbana-Champaign campus. Gov. Pat Quinn created the Admissions Review Commission after news reports revealed the school maintains a list of politically connected applicants. Some of those applicants gained admission even though they were less qualified than other students who were turned away. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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