Illinois Senate Republicans are seeking prosecution of those responsible for a program slammed by the state auditor general. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, an anti-violence program worth $54.5 million, failed to target some of the highest crime neighborhoods in Chicago and relied on recommendations from politicians, rather than an objective process, to determine where to allocate funds, the auditor general said.
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Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says blame attaches to the governor. “He is ultimately responsible. He is the governor. The buck should stop with him. It’s his program, he initiated it, he announced it, he should be overseeing it,” she said. She says it was a political slush fund announced just before the 2010 election. She says the audit is being forwarded to the inspector general and the U.S. attorney to see if any crimes were committed.
Other Republicans in Springfield are saying there were crimes that rise to the level of impeachment of the governor, but Radogno is not willing to go that far with the information she has now.