Lawmakers' Probe of Violence Program Will Continue

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican state senator has pledged to continue a legislative inquiry into a $55 million anti-violence program under Gov. Pat Quinn.

Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington is co-chairman of the Legislative Audit Commission. He spoke Wednesday after a commission review of Auditor General William Holland’s caustic report on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Barickman calls the program a “shameless, useless waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Holland found Quinn’s Chicago anti-violence program had “pervasive” deficiencies. It was organized weeks before the 2010 election.

Co-chairman Rep. Frank Mautino – a veteran Spring Valley Democrat – says the commission won’t delay the probe even though it could embarrass Democrat Quinn as he seeks re-election in November.

Mautino says the audit commission’s job is to “fix things going forward” and determine what happened previously.

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