A Central Illinois lawmaker criticizes Democrats for blocking two of the subpoenas for former aides of Governor Pat Quinn in a probe of a troubled $55 million anti violence program. According to the Chicago Tribune, the co chair of the panel looking into Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery, said he chose not to sign off on subpoenas for two former aides, claiming their involvement in the program is outside the scope of the audit lawmakers are examining. The audit primarily focused on grants given to neighborhood groups. Republicans have argued the anti violence program was a political slush fund intended to boost voter turnout in heavily Democratic parts of the city as Quinn faced a tough 2010 election battle. Quinn dismisses that argument, saying the program had good intentions. Republican co chair of the investigative panel, Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington called the blocking of the subpoenas an unfortunate move by Democrats to find out what happened.
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