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Audit: Gov. Quinn's 'Anti-violence' program rife with problems

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Illinois Republicans are as angry as they've ever been.

"What we have found today is criminal activity," said Rep. Dwight Kay.

The state's auditor general, who's a Democrat, released Tuesday a report confirming everything and more that Republicans had complained about regarding Gov. Quinn's controversial 2010 "anti-violence" initiative.

A few weeks before he narrowly won a full term as governor four years ago, Quinn used his unilateral, executive authority to create the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, intended to reduce the killing in the most violent sections of Cook County. Over the next two years, the murder rate soared, despite the expenditure of nearly 55 million tax dollars.

"And they had tens of millions of dollars on the street by the November election. That, ladies and gentlemen, is taxpayer "walking-around" money. And it's totally inappropriate, probably illegal," said State Sen. Matt Murphy.

The state audit confirmed that some of the "anti-violence" money paid young people to march with the governor in the annual Bud Billiken Parade. There was no open bid process. The cash was initially funneled only to politically-connected ministers and community groups who had a recommendation from an alderman.

"When the Governor's office became aware of the issues...in 2012, the administration acted quickly...to ensure responsible management of this critical violence prevention program," a spokesman for Quinn responded.

"You wanna' know why people are so jaded in this state? Read this report," said Sen. Murphy.

Read the full audit by clicking HERE.

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