Springfield, IL - In the wake of the Illinois Auditor General’s scathing audit of Governor Quinn’s $54.55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), State Rep. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) is demanding all state funds allocated to questionable Chicago anti-violence programs be frozen. Reis is also calling upon the Auditor General to further investigate state moneys allocated to these programs.
“The initial audit exposed ‘pervasive deficiencies’ we knew permeated Quinn’s politically-motivated and tarnished Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. We must go further and investigate who profited from and where taxpayer dollars have been spent in recent years,” Reis said. “The Quinn administration has moved fast to push money out of the failed NRI program and to shift the taxpayer resources to different programs with the same objective.”
The Auditor General stated the $54.55 million NRI program was “hastily implemented” with “pervasive deficiencies in Illinois Violence Prevention Authority's (IVPA) planning, implementation and management.” The IVPA was abolished in Fiscal Year 2013 and the NRI programs were put under the direction of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
House Bill 6011 halts any remaining Fiscal Year 2014 funding to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for grants associated with Chicago’s community-based violence prevention programs, after school programs and the Chicago Area Project.
State Representative David Reis would like to announce traveling office hours, where a member of the Representative’s Staff will be available in your community to address any constituent concerns on Tuesday March 11th, 2014.
Traveling Office Hours for Tuesday March 11th, 2014
Sumner City Hall, 129 E. South Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Allendale Village Hall, 308 E. Main St., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
West Salem Village Hall, 106 East South St., 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
State Representative Reis would also like to remind local residents they are welcome to call or stop by his district office anytime in Olney to address any concerns they may have.
On Saturday, Jason Collins of the National Park Service accepted a plaque from Illinois State Representative David Reis after marching with George Rogers Clark's army from Saint Francisville to Vincennes, marking the 235th anniversary of capturing Fort Sackville from the British on February 22nd. Pictured are: (first row from left) Thomas Shinkle, Kit Stoltz, Dylan Waldrop, Connor Hankins, Jeffrey Siegle, Wyatt Polston, Daniel Wells, and Mathew Borden. Boy Scout Leader Rick Weger is kneeling behind the boys. Also pictured are Mary Copp, Robin Cornell, Stephanie Cornell, Melanie Polston, Brent Borden and Jason Stoltz.