News

Subpoena Power Sought for NRI Investigation

Subpoena Power Sought for NRI Investigation

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A legislative panel has voted to seek subpoena power to investigate the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chicago anti-crime program he began shortly before the 2010 election and, a state audit suggests, funded political activities instead.

“The fact that there are individuals or agencies pursuing questions that may result in criminal charges is separate and distinct from the objectives which we have in this committee,” State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) said in seeking the power.

Barickman and State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) co-chair the Legislative Audit Commission – and Mautino cast the only No vote.

“This is truly an unprecedented changing in direction and the power of this commission,” he said. “I just have concerns from the process structure and the fact that we are giving subpoena powers when we’re not staffed up for it … and which already are being investigated by the people proper to do that.”

The allegations include no money given to Chicago’s worst neighborhoods … and money being paid for people to march in parades.

Cook County and federal prosecutors are investigating. Quinn’s office has denied wrongdoing, stressing that when the problems were discovered, the program was discontinued.

Recent Headlines

in Local

$2.7 Million Headed to Fight Illinois Veteran Homelessness, $56k to Springfield

homeless

$2.7 million in federal grants will go to housing hundreds of homeless veterans in Illinois.

in Local

Police Investigate Two Shootings in Grandview

policetape

The Sangamon County Sheriffs Department is helping Grandview Police Investigate two separate shooting incidents within hours of each other Sunday.

in Local

Sherman Mayor: Only Give Residents What They Want

sherman

The newly re-elected mayor of Sherman says economic development and growing the town will continue to be his top priority.

in Local

Wells Fargo Adding 100+ Jobs in Springfield

wells-fargo-logo

A resurgent mortgage industry means a major employer in Springfield is hiring again.

in Local

LaHood So Far Front-Runner to Replace Schock

darin lahood

State Senator Darin LaHood remains the favorite to replace Aaron Schock as the 18th District Congressman.