- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A state panel has wrapped up nearly 12 hours of testimony investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program.

Four former state officials spoke Wednesday about 2010’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Testimony resumes Thursday.

The commission is investigating issues outlined in a state audit. Critics call NRI a political slush fund for Quinn before a close election. Quinn dismisses the notion.

Former Quinn budget aide Malcolm Weems says there wasn’t pressure to fund the program ahead of the 2010 election, saying he felt pressure because of Chicago violence.

Former Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity director Warren Ribley addressed how federal disaster recovery funds were used. The Chicago Tribune reported the money went to financial institutions to disburse small business loans in Chicago neighborhoods. Ribley says funding was set aside for development.

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