Illinois Gov. Quinn faces questions about program

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CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is facing questions about a program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election. It's been a focus of Republicans looking to tarnish Quinn's reputation as a reformer who's cleaned up state government.

The bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission could call witnesses Wednesday to testify about the now-defunct anti-violence program called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Federal prosecutors are investigating the $55 million program. A state audit already concluded it was poorly managed and misused money.

Prosecutors want lawmakers to hold off on subpoenas of former Quinn administration employees involved in the program. But Republicans want to proceed.

They allege Quinn used the money as a political slush fund to secure votes in predominantly minority neighborhoods of heavily Democratic Chicago. Quinn denies that claim.

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