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GOP lawmaker wants governor to testify on program

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:06 p.m. CST

CHICAGO — A Republican lawmaker wants Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program.

Illinois Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine is a frequent critic of the Chicago Democrat. He claimed Wednesday that Quinn is "hiding" as an audit commission probes the governor's approximately $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Earlier this year, a state audit outlined "pervasive" problems with management and spending with the 2010 program. Quinn's said he addressed problems, but the matter is also under inquiry by federal and Cook County authorities.

Several former Quinn administration officials have been subpoenaed to turn over documents and testify before the commission next month.

Commission member Republican Rep. Ron Sandack says no invitation has been sent to Quinn.

A Quinn spokesman says there's no investigation of Quinn and the governor shut down the program.

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