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“Neighborhood Recovery Initiative” Hits Keep Coming

“Neighborhood Recovery Initiative” Hits Keep Coming

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Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

Benton Cook received $146,401 in salary and fringe benefits from state grant for his work with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood. The neighborhood received $2.1 million over two years from the effort.

He told the newspaper he worked for the program, but didn’t receive that much money for his role.

An audit of the $55 million program released in late February questioned 40 percent of the expenditures claimed by service providers.

The review by Auditor General William Holland found “pervasive deficiencies” and has been sent to law enforcement authorities.

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