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Quinn defends record on anti-violence program

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he moved swiftly to correct problems stemming from a 2010 anti-violence program he created long before a February state auditor's report raised questions.

The Chicago Democrat says Thursday that he spotted issues with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in 2012 and moved to abolish the agency running it. The initiative spent $55 million in the first two years.

However, auditors questioned about 40 percent of the expenditures because of poor record keeping. Some Republicans have called for a federal investigation.

Quinn says his administration investigated and corrected problems.

The initiative was run by the now-defunct Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, which relied on recommendations from Chicago aldermen when choosing community agencies to run programs. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority took over the Violence Prevention Authority last year.

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