CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a challenge to testify before a legislative panel looking into the scandal-plagued anti-violence program Quinn created before the 2010 election.READ MORE: Pair Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega Denied Bail; Accused Teen Gunman Committed Three Previous Carjackings, Prosecutors Say
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Quinn said he has no intention of facing questions from the Legislative Audit Commission, which is looking into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, has subpoenaed a number of the governor’s aides and other state officials.
“This is an Audit Commission. The program didn’t work out. I’m angry about the fact that it didn’t work out. Having said that, we defunded that particular program, abolished the agency that was running the program, and moved the anti-violence effort to another agency,” Quinn said. “I’ve talked about this issue repeatedly.”READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Heavy Lake Effect Snow Possible Through Tomorrow Morning
Earlier this year, Auditor General William Holland issued a report finding NRI had major problems with mismanagement and spending. The report said the program was so hastily organized and sloppily executed that auditors questioned 40 percent of the expenditures claimed by service providers.
The program is now under investigation by state and federal prosecutors for how $55 million was spent.
The Audit Commission has not asked Quinn to testify, but state Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), a frequent critic of the governor, had been urging the governor to stop dodging.MORE NEWS: Bears Reportedly Hiring Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus As New Head Coach
The governor’s Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, also had said Quinn should testify before the Audit Commission about how spending decisions were made under the NRI program.