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GOP Questions Governor Quinn’s Ethics

Feb 25, 2014

An anti-violence program pushed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came in for harsh criticism in an audit released Tuesday.

The report said the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative had "pervasive deficiencies" in "planning, implementation, and management" of the program.

Governor Pat Quinn

Republicans were quick to accuse Quinn of using the program to help his struggling campaign in 2010.

Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) is calling for an ethics investigation, a criminal probe, and possibly even impeachment.

“Pat Quinn fancies himself as a man of the people. But a governor who's really putting people first doesn't take tens of millions of their dollars for his own political slush fund,” said Murphy. 

The Quinn administration said the anti-violence program is "critical," and claimed the problems identified in the audit have already been fixed.