The same federal office that convicted Illinois’ last two governors is now looking into an anti-violence championed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois has subpoenaed records related to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a program which the state auditor general criticized as mismanaged, and which Repiublicans say was a political slush fund for the governor. But Quinn is downplaying the significance of that subpoena.
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“Basically, the Northern District of Illinois got the same information that the Central District asked for,” Quinn said. “We’ve provided all that information long ago, and we’re happy to provide it. I think anyone who did something wrong needs to be held to account. That’s my philosophy in life.”
NRI records have also been subpoenaed by the Cook County State’s Attorney, and by the Legislative Audit Commission, which is still set to question those involved with the program at a hearing in October.
Bruce Rauner was quick to try and connect the subpoena with the successful prosecutions by the Northern District office against former Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. When pressed on whether he believes Quinn himself could end up in court, Rauner would only say the Northern District office “means business.”