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Prosecutors Subpoena Quinn’s Anti-violence Program

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state’s attorney’s office subpoenaed records tied to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled Neighborhood Initiative Program and then withdrew it when the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity promised to provide the information.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the subpoena asked for program files, notes, memos and correspondence and the identities of related field auditors and compliance monitors. Officials say the information was given Tuesday to the state’s attorney.

DCEO spokesman Dave Roeder says the department will provide all the records and information the state’s attorney requests.

Quinn created the anti-violence program in 2010 to stem violence in two dozen Chicago neighborhoods. A state audit found the $55 million program had “pervasive” mismanagement.

The Commerce and Economic Opportunity Department handled about $10 million of the initiative’s projects.

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