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Probe of Quinn program stirs governor's race

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A newly revealed probe into Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled neighborhood anti-violence program is creating fresh problems for the Chicago Democrat's re-election campaign.

Prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's office have subpoenaed records related to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which an auditor says had "pervasive" problems. The probe comes as a federal lawsuit alleges wrongful hiring practices in Quinn's Department of Transportation.

Quinn challenger Bruce Rauner says the latest investigation marks a "new low" and tries to link Quinn to his imprisoned predecessor Rod Blagojevich.

But Quinn campaign spokeswoman Izabela Miltko says the governor inherited an "ethical crisis" from his predecessors and has been cleaning up state government ever since.

Quinn and Rauner were scheduled to appear Wednesday in Springfield, where legislators are in session.

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