- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A published report is raising new questions about when Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration issued payments for an anti-violence program that’s now under investigation.

Quinn started the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in 2010. It’s been the subject of a scathing state audit detailing mismanagement. Critics have also called it a political slush fund started before an election where Quinn won by a close margin.

Quinn maintains he addressed issues and no money was spent before the election.

But the Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/SFm0kb ) payments were at least initiated before the election. The newspaper cites an Oct. 10, 2010, email from the head of the agency running the program that pushed for early payments and cites records showing the comptroller issued a voucher. However, the payments didn’t go through due to “insufficient funds.”

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://www.suntimes.com/index


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