Less than a month before the election, lawmakers will hear testimony regarding the governor’s anti-violence program.

The Legislative Audit Commission had been set to question witnesses on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative this week, but agreed to delay until Oct. 8 so it will not interfere with the federal criminal investigation being undertaken by the U.S. attorney and a grand jury in Springfield.


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State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) doesn’t believe that request from U.S. Attorney James Lewis had anything to do with politics.  “He asked for 90 days,” Sandack said.  “I think he’s apolitical, but I don’t know that.  I would assume that, and I think his office is owed that courtesy.  The election’s the election, it is what it is, and our process, our timeline is what it is, too.”

Among those who have been subpoenaed to provide testimony at that Oct. 8 hearing are Jack Lavin, former chief of staff for Gov. Pat Quinn, and former deputy chief of staff Toni Irving.

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