Ministers: Lawmakers Should Let Feds Probe Program

CHICAGO (AP) — A group of Chicago ministers says a legislative panel probing Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled 2010 anti-violence program should hold off and let federal investigators conduct their investigation.

The Legislative Audit Commission subpoenaed witnesses Wednesday but several are not testifying. The commission has been asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to temporarily suspend action.

Quinn started the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to help target Chicago violence. However, critics have called it a political slush fund.

Quinn denies that claim, as did the ministers. Quinn says he addressed problems, which a state audit detailed.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger told reporters Wednesday that the hearing is political theater. He says such programs help violence-plagued neighborhoods.   His St. Sabina Church received money through the program but later returned unused funds.

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