(CBS) — Published reports say the Justice Department has asked Illinois lawmakers to back away from calling former members of Governor Quinn’s top staff to testify about a failed anti-violence program because it might interfere with a federal investigation.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the governor is shrugging off the news.
Governor Quinn didn’t express any opinion about the reports the Feds are telling legislators to stop calling for members of his inner circle to testify about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative before a legislative audit commission. He responded the same as he has done since suspicions of questionable spending and fraud came out.
“I want anyone in our government to provide any and all information to whoever needs that information to fully investigate what has to be investigated,” said Quinn. “Having said that, I ended that program, I abolished that program. When it was going in the wrong direction, we stopped it, we defunded it, we ended it.”
Political opponents have called the defunct program a political slush fund.