Political connections and clout gave more than 800 students special consideration when applying to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the last five years. Of those, 616 were recent graduates from high schools in Illinois, mostly in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago. The others were from out of state or were transfer students.
A database prepared by the university details how many students from each Illinois high school applied, were admitted and attended the campus, as well as how many were placed on the [HTML_REMOVED]Category I[HTML_REMOVED] clout list each year. The Tribune obtained the public document from a state commission investigating U. of I.[HTML_REMOVED]s admissions practices.
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