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Ill. GOP: Investigate Quinn anti-violence program

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 3:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 3:48 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Republican lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation into a $55 million anti-violence program created by Gov. Pat Quinn that an audit found was hastily organized and sloppily executed.

Eleven House and Senate members said at a news conference Tuesday that they will ask the state's executive inspector general to investigate the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative developed in 2010.

Auditor General William Holland found in a report that the Quinn administration did not properly choose community organizations, lacked oversight of their work and didn't follow up to recover unspent money.

Sen. Tim Bivins (BIV'-inz) — a Dixon Republican and former sheriff — said the report contains "the kind of information indictments are made of."

The Quinn administration says it's made changes to the program to address deficiencies.

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