Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
This page contains a regularly updated series of links to the latest developments in the ongoing Neighborhood Recovery Initiative scandal within the Quinn Administration. You can also review documents submitted to the Legislative Audit Commission and posted on the Commission website.
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An overarching issue hovering over the 2014 legislative session, throughout the summer and likely continuing into the fall, is one that actually dates back to 2010 and the last election for Governor – the mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer funds in the Governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI). Click on the link above to read background on the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
Group picked by Quinn administration made no loans, but kept $150,000
As Gov. Pat Quinn's aides sought to pump up an anti-violence program ahead of his November 2010 election bid, they decided to add to the pot $3.76 million in federal disaster recovery funds from Hurricane Ike to make loans to small businesses.
Kirk seeks investigation of federal disaster funds
CHICAGO — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is seeking an investigation into millions in federal funds that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's administration used for an anti-violence program.
Panel probing Quinn program agrees to delay
A legislative committee investigating problems with Gov. Pat Quinn's flawed anti-violence program has put its politically charged probe on hiatus until early October.
NRI witness testimony before lawmakers postponed until Oct. 8
A legislative panel unanimously agreed Thursday to hold off compelling testimony from former aides to Gov. Pat Quinn until Oct. 8 in a political compromise that threatens to reignite controversy over the governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative just weeks before the fall election.
Five things to know about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
One of the major talking points of the gubernatorial election is the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a $54.5 million failed anti-violence program Gov. Quinn launched in 2010 and is now under federal investigation.
Feds subpoena emails in Quinn anti-violence fund inquiry
Focus is on key players in governor's troubled $54.5 million program launched during 2010 campaign
Federal grand jury subpoenas emails in Quinn's troubled anti-violence program
CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the emails of officials involved in Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, the latest chapter in a story that has become a major issue in Quinn's re-election campaign.
Emails subpoenaed in federal probe of Quinn anti-violence program
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed emails of five state employees who were connected with Gov. Quinn’s scandal-tainted Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
Our view: Anti-violence program
The buck might stop with the governor, but what the people of Illinois deserve to know is whether it started there, too.
Illinois taxpayers deserve some answers
Illinois taxpayers deserve to know why the state wasted $55 million on a Chicago neighborhood violence reduction program.
Editorial: Answers needed over waste from anti-violence program
Illinois taxpayers deserve to know why the state wasted $55 million on a Chicago neighborhood violence reduction program
Quinn Program Gave Money to Nonexistent Nonprofit
NBC Chicago WMAQ
Project Hope, Inc., which was run out of a suburban Chicago day care center, received $15,770 through Quinn's 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
Murphy wants Quinn to testify on anti-violence program
Daily Herald/ AP
A vocal Republican lawmaker called Wednesday for Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program the same day a published report showed the Quinn initiative gave money to a nonexistent program that claimed to help former inmates.
Panel co-chair reverses course on two anti-violence subpoenas
SPRINGFIELD-The Democratic co-chair of a state audit panel released his hold Wednesday on subpoenas for two former members of Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, whom Republicans want to question about the governor’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative program.
Gov. Quinn says he won't appear before commission probing NRI
Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday he has no intention of appearing before a legislative commission looking into his scandal-plagued anti-violence grant program.
Legislative panel might subpoena anti-violence director
Illinois lawmakers will decide Monday whether to subpoena a former official in Gov. Pat Quinn's administration to answer questions about the Democrat's anti-violence program.
Panel sets Monday vote on subpoenaing ex-agency head in NRI probe
SPRINGFIELD-The former head of the now-disbanded state agency put in charge of Gov. Pat Quinn’s discredited Neighborhood Recovery Initiative may be compelled to testify in front of a legislative panel next month.
Quinn's office ignored red flags on nonprofit
The Quinn administration handed out $800,000 in anti-violence money to a politically influential South Side community group even after the nonprofit filed documents with the state acknowledging it suffered from years of financial missteps, a Tribune investigation found.
Two ministers backing Quinn got money from troubled state program
Gov. Pat Quinn received support from at least two Chicago area ministers whose religious organizations got money from a much-criticized state anti-violence grant program.
State panel plans to resume NRI audit hearing in July
SPRINGFIELD-The legislative commission that last month opened hearings into Auditor General William Holland's audit of Gov. Pat Quinn's scandal-tainted Neighborhood Recovery Initiative announced Tuesday a new hearing date in July to continue delving into the report.
Better Government Association
Funds from Gov. Quinn's controversial anti-violence grant program benefitted ally of political supporter.
More questions arise on Quinn's anti-violence grants
Chicago Sun-Times via Better Government Association
Young job seekers in Chicago’s south suburbs stood to benefit from almost half a million dollars awarded by Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence grant program that’s under investigation.
Shed some light on grant fiasco
There needs to be a political, as well as a legal, accounting for the failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
A state legislative committee trying to find out what happened to nearly $55 million in grant funds hasn't had much luck so far.
But committee members must continue to pursue the issue.
Ill. Senate OKs grant transparency plan as lawmakers investigate Quinn anti-violence program
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois Legislature has sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation to make grants more transparent as lawmakers investigate his mismanaged Chicago anti-violence program.