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GOP wants to move ahead with anti-violence probe

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:55 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican members of a legislative panel probing Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program say they'll continue with proceedings next week even after a U.S. Department of Justice request to hold off.

State Rep. Ron Sandack sits on the Legislative Audit Commission. He says he wanted a more formal request instead of a verbal one. He also says the request wasn't in line with past practices.

Sandack told reporters Thursday that the commission's mission is at stake. The panel approves state audits.

This year, an audit blasted Quinn's 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Commission members say the audit left unanswered questions and subpoenaed former Quinn aides to testify next week.

Justice Department representatives this week asked lawmakers to suspend interviews for 90 days.

Democratic commission members say they want to suspend proceedings.

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