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Durbin Pushes for Help for Law School Loans

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is trying to make it more attractive for lawyers to work in the public sector. Durbin’s pushing new legislation that would help pay off some debt for recent law school graduates if they become a prosecutor or public defender. Durbin says he’s heard first-hand from Cook County States Attorney Dick Devine that some lawyers in his office struggle with bills left over from law school.

DURBIN: Devine has told me about those who work as bartenders and waitresses and there are many, many other stories. They’re moonlighting to pay off student loans.

The legislation would pay $10,000 a year for up to six years for lawyers who work in the public sector. Durbin says he expects President George Bush to sign the legislation into law. Cook County’s public defender and states attorney also support the bill.

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