Lawmakers are set to start a two-day hearing probing Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program.
The Legislative Audit Commission subpoenaed seven former Quinn administration officials connected to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. They're due to start appearing before the bipartisan committee that oversees state audits Wednesday. Organizers say testimony could take all day.
Quinn championed the program in 2010 to help target neighborhood violence. However, state auditors found "pervasive" problems with management and spending and county and federal authorities are investigating further.
Critics deemed it a "political slush fund" to help Quinn shore up votes in a close gubernatorial contest. Quinn dismisses those claims, but the issue dogs his campaign. He faces a challenge from Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur).
Quinn says he addressed issues and abolished the agency overseeing the program.