A legislative panel plans to hold hearings next week in Chicago about Gov. Pat Quinn's now-defunct anti-violence program.
The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a taxpayer-funded program that was implemented by the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, was found to be 'inadequate' by a recent state audit. Quinn replaced the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in 2012 after the governor's office learned of the problems with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative through its own investigation.
The Legislative Audit Commission, which is co-chaired by state Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and state Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), has subpoenaed seven witnesses to testify, including Quinn's former chief of staff and deputy chief of staff as well as the former Illinois Violence Prevention Authority director.
The hearings are expected to be held on October 8 and October 9.
The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is also being probed by Cook County authorities and federal investigators in Springfield.
U.S. Attorney James Lewis of the Central District of Illinois had requested this summer that the panel suspend witness testimony for 90 days so as not to disrupt the federal probe of the program. On Monday, the legislative panel got the OK from Lewis' office that it could move forward with the hearings.