The legislative probe of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is over, at least until after Election Day. After two days of questioning those involved with the anti-violence program, State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) says the Legislative Audit Commission has backed up the recommendations from the audit. “They’ve just proved the 19 findings were correct,” Mautino said.
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His Republican co-chairman, State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), believes the probe achieved more than that. “As a result of the commission’s work, (we) have confirmed that the governor’s governmental chief of staff viewed NRI as a campaign issue and a campaign advantage in particular areas of the state,” Barickman said.
All witnesses that appeared before the panel denied that the program was set up to help Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid in 2010. The audit is being kept open in case new documents are submitted. The third and fourth years of the program are currently being examined by the auditor general, with a report expected in the spring.