SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A metro-east lawmaker says investigators might not have received all of the emails they sought in connection with Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-tainted neighborhood recovery initiative; an anti-violence program that critics say was used as a political slush fund.
The grant program is the subject of a federal investigation and also came under fire from the state’s auditor general. The auditor general, in a blistering report issued in February, found there were “pervasive deficiencies” in how the program was operated.
But some emails from Quinn subordinates involved with the program might have been hidden from the auditor, according to rep. Dwight Kay, r-glen carbon.
Kay hired a computer forensic expert to review all of the electronic documentation gathered by the auditor general. The investigator, Andrew Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett discovery, said emails appeared to be missing from the auditor’s collection of documents.
Garrett, in a report, said he “noticed gaps in conversations where emails were sent with no responses, and conversations were broken due to missing email chains.”
The investigator also reported that a complete collection of all emails, including deleted ones, can only be compiled by a particular state agency, central management services, which operates the state’s $2.4 million email storage program.
CMS was headed from June 2011 to October 2013 by a former Quinn chief of staff who helped launch the anti-violence program.
A CNN investigation found that temporary jobs created through the program involved marching with Quinn in a parade, attending yoga classes, handing out anti-violence fliers and taking museum field trips.
The $54.5 million program was aimed at reducing crime in the Chicago area. But the audit found that some areas of Chicago with the worst crime problems weren’t even included in the program. The audit found that Chicago politicians steered where the money went.
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