Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
State Government

Gov.'s inspector general investigating state grant

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn's inspector general is investigating an influential Chicago organization's use of a $98 million state grant.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the office asked the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to produce documents related to the United Neighborhood Organization grant. UNO received the funds to build and renovate charter schools.

The Feb. 14 letter states that the Office of the Executive Inspector General "is conducting an official investigation."

It was issued about 10 days after the Sun-Times reported that UNO gave contracts worth millions of dollars to companies connected to the organization's top officials.

In a statement Friday, UNO says it recognizes the need to improve its internal procurement process and has hired a former federal judge to conduct an independent analysis.

Loading more