“This is the kind of information that indictments are made out of.” That's how a former lawman, now a lawmaker, sizes up the auditor general’s report about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. “Obviously, there has to be an investigation,” says State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), a former Lee County sheriff. “There’s more than enough probable cause here, when you use tax dollars to have people march in a parade for you.”
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The report alleges more than $50 million in state-funded, possibly campaign-related waste. “This is a damning and very thoroughly researched report,” says State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine). “If this rises to the level of criminal conduct, recognized by the U. S. attorney, I don't know how you don’t say it’s impeachable.” Murphy says while one of Illinois’ recently imprisoned former governors, George Ryan, is a Republican, he was in the stir for actions as secretary of state – not governor. Murphy adds the report should refute any notion that Illinoisans should cut incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn any slack as a nice guy with a big heart.