At the conclusion of the second day of hearings dedicated to Governor Pat Quinn’s troubled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) program, State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) issued the following statement:

“This weeks hearings were frustrating, but in the end cooler heads prevailed. I believe the lawmakers who sit on this bipartisan, bicameral commission came together in the best interest of Illinois taxpayers. We unanimously agreed that we should avoid doing anything that might impede the federal grand jury investigation into Governor Quinn’s failed NRI program, and agreed to delay further questioning for 90 days.

The commission is now scheduled to reconvene on October 8th to continue its work but the gathering of important and relevant documents will continue. "I remain fully committed to completing our work to determine the full extent of the mismanagement and fraud tied to the NRI program."

Governor Quinn unveiled his failed anti-violence NRI program in the fall of 2010 just weeks before the fall election. The audit revealed the program was hastily implemented and riddled with mismanagement and deficiencies.

"As legislators, our role is to determine how it was possible for this level of mismanagement to take place and to provide additional legislative remedies that will prevent fraud and abuse like this from happening again", Reis said. "We have a duty to the taxpayers of Illinois to ensure that their tax dollars are put to good use and not wasted on disingenuous purposes.”

Reis, a member of the twelve member Legislative Audit Commission, said documents relating to the scathing audit and subsequent hearings can be found online at:
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has turned over an estimated 2,000 emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating a troubled anti-violence program.

 Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette confirmed Tuesday that the trove of emails linked to the $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was forwarded Friday to members of the General Assembly's Legislative Audit Commission.

 One member of the panel, state Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, said the emails were requested by the panel on July 3. He said they paint a picture of a badly managed program that was quickly put together. "It goes to show the breadth and scope of what was going on," Reis said.

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today that an alternative application option to apply for a Concealed Carry License (CCL) is now available for those individuals without computer access.

Applicants can contact the ISP Firearms Services (FSB) Customer Service Center phone line at (217) 782-7980 and provide a FSB call taker with the same CCL application information that is currently required through the CCL on-line process.

The FSB call taker will need the applicant’s full name, any previous names, date of birth, driver’s license number or state ID, Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card number, current mailing address, ten years of previous address history, fingerprint Transaction Control Number (TCN) (which is optional), training instructor’s name and the Concealed Carry Trainer’s Identification (CCTID) number. Applicants should have this information readily available prior to calling the FSB Customer Service Center phone line.

Upon validation of the FOID number and driver’s license or identification card, payment in the form of credit card or electronic check will be needed and securely processed by the FSB call taker.

Once the CCL telephone application interview is completed and payment confirmed, the applicant will receive the application in the mail. Upon receipt, the applicant must review the application for accuracy, initial all required areas, answer the background check questions, and sign and date the application. The applicant must also attach a 2 inch by 2 inch headshot photo (shoulder to head) taken within the last 30 days and provide all required training certificates.

The completed application, photo, and training certificates must be returned to the ISP through the U.S. Postal Service before the application will be processed and a license issued.

The Illinois State Police is providing this alternative method to ensure that the public has options to participate in the CCL application process and to ensure turnaround times are met in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

To date, more than 78,000 CCL applications have been submitted and more than 60,000 are active across Illinois.

ISP continues to encourage the public to use the on-line CCL application option when possible for the most efficient processing method.

Completed CCL applications, photo and required training certificates can be mailed to:

The Illinois State Police
Attn: CCL Application
801 South 7th Street, 400M
Springfield, IL 62704

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