Residents of the 48th Illinois Representative District - As your full-time representative, now in my 6th term, I pledge to provide high quality administration with integrity during my tenure.
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Performance Audit Shows Need for Criminal Investigation of Quinn’s Anti-Violence Program
(posted 2/27/2014) - The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), a program designed to reduce risk factors associated with violence in Cook County, was developed two years ago by Governor Quinn. One month before the 2010 election, the Governor’s Office used that authority to give the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) the responsibility to develop a framework for the program as well as sizable appropriation to administer it. On Tuesday, the Illinois Auditor General released a report citing pervasive deficiencies in IVPA’s planning implementation, and management of the NRI program.
According to the report, the NRI program was hastily implemented, limiting the time for appropriate planning. In fact, some of the most violent Chicago neighborhoods were not included in the program. Required timesheets were not consistently maintained, and expenses were not adequately monitored, according the Auditor General’s findings. In total, the report questioned $1.8 million of the $4.4 million, or 40 percent, charged by these agencies to the NRI program.
The Audits also exposed that state law was broken when funds between various accounts were moved in order to evade the legislature's authority to annually appropriate General Fund dollars. Essentially, the Governor was able to create a non-appropriated slush fund of $91 million that could be used in future fiscal years without having to request that the General Assembly re-appropriate those dollars.
While spending for education, infrastructure improvements, and many other critical programs continues to be cut back, the Governor was able to amp up limited state resources for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. As a member of the Legislative Audit Commission, I join with my Republican colleagues in requesting the Auditor General refer these findings to the Executive Inspector General for further investigation of potential criminal activity.
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