Statehouse
10:49 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Republican Wants Federal Scrutiny Of Anti-Violence Program

Sen. Christine Radogno
Sen. Christine Radogno
Credit senatorradogno.org

A Republican legislative leader wants a federal review of a Chicago anti-violence program ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn.
 
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno says an audit of the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative need more scrutiny.
 
Her comments were reported (http://bit.ly/MKJO2D ) by the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
A late February audit said the program was so hastily organized and sloppily
executed that auditors questioned 40 percent of expenditures claimed by service
providers.
 
Auditor General William Holland says Quinn's administration didn't properly
choose community organizations, lacked oversight of their work and didn't follow
up to recover unspent money.
 
The program tried to reduce violence in two dozen Chicago neighborhoods.   Radogno says the report raises ``significant questions.''
 
A Quinn spokeswoman says the problems have already been fixed.