Illinois lawmakers have advanced a plan to make state grants more transparent as legislators investigate Governor Pat Quinn's mismanaged Chicago anti-violence program. Senators voted 45-to-6 in favor of a proposal that would apply to about $8 billion given annually to non-governmental organizations. It would require grant applicants to disclose financial information, conflicts of interest and employee criminal records. Democratic state Senator Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge sponsored the legislation. He says it'll save taxpayers money by reducing waste. Republican state Senatpr Jason Barickman of Bloomington says the plan doesn't do enough to eliminate wrongdoing. He's leading the legislative inquiry into Quinn's 2010 program. Quinn's spokeswoman says the governor has been supportive of the legislation from the beginning. The measure goes to the House.
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