On the heels of subpoenas and an investigation launched by the Cook County state’s attorney, Gov. Pat Quinn says he did the right thing with respect to an anti-violence program that he started in 2010.
A state auditor already found problems with management and spending, but Quinn says he has addressed those. “I identified problems myself, our government saw that that particular program needed fundamental overhaul. We abolished the agency that was involved in it,” he said.
Republicans, including governor candidate Bruce Rauner, say it appears the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is an example of corruption in state politics. “It looks like the whole thing was more of a slush fund for electoral politics than it truly was to serve the people of the state,” Rauner said.
And Republican members of Congress from Illinois want a federal investigation of political hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation. They’re telling the federal transportation department’s inspector general that they’re concerned federal money has been used in a scheme to undermine court-ordered hiring practices. Documents have shown the number of political positions at IDOT increased 57 percent in the last decade.