Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended state funding to Illinois’ biggest operator of charter schools for the second time this year. The state is freezing the remaining $15 million of a $98 million construction grant promised to the United Neighborhood Organization in order to build charter schools. Quinn had suspended funding for UNO in April due to allegations that the group awarded contracts using state grants to friends and family.
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Funding was restored in June, but Quinn says UNO is being cut off again due to the Securities and Exchange Commission launching an investigation of the group. "We’re not going to give any more construction money to UNO given the situation that they’ve found themselves in,” Quinn said. Quinn says some work already in progress will be completed by the Illinois Facilities Fund, not by UNO.