- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A former adviser to Gov. Pat Quinn says he had little involvement with a 2010 anti-violence program that a lawmaker panel is investigating.

Billy Ocasio is among seven former state officials testifying before the Legislative Audit Commission. The group approves state audits and is reviewing one that blasts Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Auditors said there were “pervasive” issues with management and spending.

Ocasio says he had little to do with NRI aside from attending a few meetings.

Critics have called the program a “political slush fund” for Quinn ahead of a close 2010 contest. Quinn has dismissed the notion.

Ocasio says there was no mention of elections when it came to the program.

Ocasio is a former Chicago alderman who was Quinn’s senior adviser on social justice issues.

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