News

Quinn Won’t Testify in Violence Program Probe

Quinn Won’t Testify in Violence Program Probe

Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

Gov. Pat Quinn says he is not going to testify before the commission examining the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

This is the anti-violence program the governor established in 2010 that the auditor general says was mismanaged.

Quinn says he didn’t do anything wrong – in fact, he says he did the right thing.

“The moment I learned that it wasn’t going in the right direction, I did something about it. I take responsibility, and I repaired the program by abolishing the agency that wasn’t doing the job properly – it was abolished – the funding was taken away from that agency and given to one that did a better job,” Quinn said Thursday, while reiterating that the very idea of making anti-violence efforts is a sound one.

The Legislative Audit Commission will hear from seven subpoenaed administration officials, some current, some former, next month. The governor has not been subpoenaed or even invited, but a lawmaker not on the commission says Quinn is the one who could answer all the questions.

Republicans believe the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was used as a $55 million political slush fund.

Recent Headlines

in Music

PHOTOS: Joe Cocker through the years

AP02072004165_46

A look back on the legendary career of the "Up Where We Belong" hitmaker.

in Music

Legendary rocker Joe Cocker dead at 70

cocker

The raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning "You Are So Beautiful" singer has lost his battle with lung cancer.

in Entertainment, Weird

New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

treetweet

Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on this holiday display.