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Investigation Into Anti Violence Program Seeks Testimony

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:26:55 CDT
By: AP

Illinois legislators are expected to decide whether to subpoena a former state official to answer questions about a troubled anti-violence program started by Governor Pat Quinn. A subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission is scheduled to meet today. Bloomington Republican State Senator Jason Barickman is commission co-chairman. He says the panel will vote on whether to compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Shaw is the former director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, which was responsible for the program. Quinn announced the initiative shortly before Election Day in 2010. Auditor General William Holland has said the program was so hastily implemented and poorly managed that thousands of dollars can't be accounted for. Shaw's attorney John Theis says if Shaw is subpoenaed, she'll respond.

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