Quinn's Chicago anti-violence program focus of criminal probe

By WEEK Producer

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Cook County State's Attorney has launched a criminal probe of Governor Pat Quinn's Chicago anti-violence program.

That program was started in 2010 and $50 million was funneled into anti-violence programs.

But the Illinois Auditor General said later the state wasn't monitoring what the money was spent on and it was up to Chicago aldermen to direct the funding.

On Tuesday, the Governor's office delivered 1,000 documents to the State's Attorney.

On Wednesday, Quinn pointed to his 2013 budget, which cut funding to the anti-violence program.

“Anytime that there's a problem in state government, I roll up my sleeves, I identify the problem, get to the bottom of it, root out the cause and me our state forward,” Quinn said.

Republicans, including Congressman Aaron Schock, called for the U.S. Transportation Department to investigate if federal money was used on patronage workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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