- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Lawmakers investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program are examining subpoenaed documents during a two-day public hearing.

Emails from the Chicago Democrat’s former staff connected to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and 2010 campaign are among the thousands of pages given to the Legislative Audit Commission. The group is reviewing an audit blasting Quinn’s program.

Republicans called the program a “political slush fund” that helped Quinn in a close election. GOP lawmakers Wednesday highlighted one September 2010 email from Quinn’s former chief of staff to campaign officials saying the program would help “on the jobs and anti-violence messages.”

A spokesman for Quinn’s GOP challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) claims the program was more about politics than policy.

Quinn’s campaign disagrees, saying the exchange clearly wasn’t “government communications” and campaigns promote candidate’s work.

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