Senator Wants Feds To Investigate Quinn

(AP) Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is seeking an investigation into millions in federal funds that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's administration used for an anti-violence program.

Kirk asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate how Hurricane Ike recovery funds were used.

he money went to financial institutions to disburse loans to small businesses in struggling Chicago neighborhoods as part of the now-defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

A state audit found "pervasive" problems with the program, which Quinn started before his 2010 election.

he Chicago Tribune reported Friday that $3.7 million in disaster funds went to three institutions. One had previously misspent state grants. It never loaned any money, but kept $150,000.Q

Quinn says he addressed problems with the initiative, including abolishing the agency that ran it.

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