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 Entertainment

Harrison Ford hurt in plane crash

Fresh
harrisonford

The "Star Wars" star was seriously injured when his vintage plane crashed shortly after taking off from an L.A. airport.

in Music

Fans warned about fake Drake tickets

drake

A promoter has reportedly been selling bogus tickets for a tour this spring.

in Entertainment

Peeps milk coming to an Easter basket near you

peeps

Because why shouldn't milk taste more like marshmallows?

in Music

Miley Cyrus isn’t pregnant and she has the ultrasound pic to prove it

mileycyrus

The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker says she is not expecting.

in Music

Pharrell says he didn’t copy Marvin Gaye in ‘Blurred Lines’

thickepharrell

"Blurred Lines" was 2013's biggest hit and earned more than $16 million in profits.