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Gov. Quinn: Some funds found missing in audit recovered

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Gov. Quinn's Administration said that it's recovered more than $2.8 million from contractors who failed to perform properly in a controversial ‘anti-violence' program. The program was blasted this week in a scathing report issued by Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland. It found millions of tax dollars unaccounted for.

A spokeswoman for the governor said the state "has recouped $2,837,676.11 (as of Feb. 14) from these grantees and sub-grantees. The (state is) working to recover an additional $933,850 through settlements and the grant funds recovery process."

The audit found a series of shocking abuses by the now defunct Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. Instead of openly advertising for community groups to apply for the money, intended to reduce the rate of violence, the IVPA allowed local aldermen and other politicians to steer the $20 million to their favorites.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan had a representative, staffer Wendy Cohen, on the board of the IVPA. However, a spokeswoman said Madigan knew nothing of the abuses found by the auditor general. She claimed that Gov. Quinn's staff kept tight control of the IVPA.

"We had no role in the implementation or funding of this initiative," Madigan's spokeswoman said. "It's not as if the Governor's Office consulted with us in any part of this."

State Sen. Bill Brady was the 2010 Republican nominee who narrowly lost to Quinn. Brady's running again as a candidate in the March 18 GOP primary election. Brady called on the FBI and U.S. Attorney to investigate the abuses documented in the audit. Brady said there would be a public hearing on the audit's findings by the state audit commission.

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