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updated: 6/26/2014 6:25 AM

Aid sought for Illinois students at for-profit college

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on Illinois community colleges to do what they can to absorb students from a troubled for-profit education company.

Corinthian Colleges Inc. is seeking to sell most of its schools amid heightened scrutiny from U.S. regulators. The company has been accused of altering grades and attendance records and falsifying job placement data in advertisements.

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In Illinois, Corinthian operates under the name Everest College and has six campuses in the Chicago area with 3,300 students.

Durbin wants to be sure they don't end up stranded as campuses are sold or shut down. The Senate's Number 2 Democrat also wants to be sure those students are not recruited by other for-profit colleges.

He is also calling on Corinthian not to enroll any new students.

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