CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois legislative panel investigating management and spending problems with Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program continues for a second day.

The bipartisan panel oversees state audits and is reviewing one outlining “pervasive” issues with Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Former Quinn chief of staff Jack Lavin is expected to appear Thursday morning.
The commission heard testimony yesterday from officials including former Quinn adviser Billy Ocasio and Barbara Shaw, the former head of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority.

Quinn championed NRI in 2010 to combat violence and says he addressed issues as he discovered them.

But Republicans have deemed it a “political slush fund” to help Quinn secure votes in a close election. The issue dogs his current re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner.

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