Senators take on neighborhood recovery initiative

By WEEK Producer

Senators take on neighborhood recovery initiative

May 28, 2014 Updated May 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois senators took on Governor Pat Quinn's troubled neighborhood recovery initiative in Springfield on Wednesday.

Governor Quinn created in the initiative in 2010, aimed at curbing Chicago street violence.

But critics, and even the state Auditor General, have characterized the program as having "pervasive deficiencies".

Republicans have questioned whether the program was designed to get black voters for Quinn's campaign for governor.

Democrats on the Legislative Audit Commission say they will cooperate with the probe and not try to push it back until after the November elections.

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