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Illinois House orders audit of anti-violence funds

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:30 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have ordered a study into anti-violence and after-school spending under Gov. Pat Quinn.

The House approved the request on a 101-5 vote last week. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1noxgeR ) that it seeks a review by Auditor General William Holland of spending that followed a debacle called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

The Democratic governor created the anti-violence program in 2010 but a Holland audit found in February that the $55 million program had "pervasive" mismanagement.

Rep. David Reis — a Willow Hill Republican — called for the audit of spending over the last two years. That's after Quinn said he fixed the problems by revamping the anti-violence plan and putting it under the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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