New Grand Jury Subpoena For Quinn Anti-Violence Program

(Chicago, IL) -- A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for records from Governor Pat Quinn's 2010 anti-violence program that's been criticized as a political slush fund. The subpoena seeks records about the now-defunct 55-million-dollar Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which doled out money to local groups, some with political connections, to fight urban violence. The indictment also means that federal authorities in Chicago are investigating how that money was handed out, in addition to a federal probe based in Springfield, though the two probes could be connected. Quinn maintains that once he was made aware of irregularities with NRI, he reformed the grant-making process.