Quinn taking it on chin in audit hearing over troubled grant program

Gov. Pat Quinn’s $55 million anti-violence program is the focus of a Capitol hearing today by a panel of lawmakers discussing a highly critical audit.

So far, it’s mostly been a rehash of a report issued in late February by Auditor General William Holland, one that was far from flattering for the Democratic governor as he seeks re-election this fall.

Quinn launched the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Democratic areas of the city and south suburbs as he sought re-election in fall 2010. Holland told members of the Legislative Audit Commission today that grant money was distributed without enough checks and balances to ensure it was properly spent.

The Quinn administration offered lax guidance, failed to make sure adequate records were kept to track spending and didn’t visit the program sites to see how taxpayer money was being spent.  Monique Garcia & Ray Long have the story in the Chicago Tribune.

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