Chicago – Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
Lawmakers Urge Freeze of Chicago Anti-Violence State Funds; Call for Additional Investigation of Programs. In the wake of the Illinois Auditor General’s scathing audit of Governor Quinn’s $54.55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), State Reps. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie), John Cavaletto (R-Salem) and Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) are demanding all state funds allocated to questionable Chicago anti-violence programs be frozen. The lawmakers are also calling upon the Auditor General to further investigate state moneys allocated to these programs.
Scathing Audit Exposes “Pervasive Deficiencies” in Chicago Violence Prevention Program
House, Senate GOP urging NRI investigation; freezing of expenditures. Illinois House and Senate Republicans are urging the Illinois Auditor General to refer findings from the Feb. 2014 audit of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) to the Executive Inspector General (EIG) for further review and potentially the U.S. Attorney for further investigation of potential criminal activity.
The lawmakers further called for freezing of any unexpended dollars – which could be as much as $31 million.
SPRINGFIELD – With the state’s temporary income tax hike on individuals and employers scheduled to roll back at the end of the year being countered by efforts among legislative Democrats to make the higher rates permanent or institute a Graduated Tax system to drive rates even higher, State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) is pressing for answers on the constitutionality of a proposed band-aid that would buy time for Democrats to raise taxes.
The issue is simple: The Illinois Constitution requires the Governor to submit an annual budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. Illinois law has defined a fiscal year as a twelve month period. Common sense follows that any budget approved by the General Assembly encompassing only a partial year would be unconstitutional. Yet the Governor and Democrat legislative leaders have not ruled out the possibility they may approve a partial-year budget this spring, then return to Springfield after the November election to either make the higher rates permanent or push them even higher.