Federal prosecutors in Springfield are the latest to open an investigation into whether state grant money intended for anti-violence programs was misspent, according to a published report.
The federal probe follows similar moves by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to look into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a $55 million program started by Governor Pat Quinn shortly before the 2010 election.
Money from the program was supposed to be used for job-training programs and other efforts to reduce street violence in Chicago.
But critics say the money was spent frivolously… and contend it was simply an attempt by Quinn to buy votes before the election. The governor’s office says it will cooperate with any investigations.