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State

Quinn signs new rules for grants as panel probes

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will have the “strongest grant oversight” nationwide after widespread problems were identified with his 2010 anti-violence program.

The Chicago Democrat signed legislation Wednesday that applies federal guidelines to how the state awards grants and strengthens grantee rules. However, some opponents of the legislation have said it doesn’t go far enough in stopping possible misuse.

Quinn’s signing of the bill comes as a legislative panel is digging through the details of his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

They meet Wednesday in Chicago. A state audit found pervasive problems with spending and management earlier this year. Meanwhile, federal and county officials are also investigating the program.

Quinn has said that he addressed problems. In a Wednesday statement, he says what happened was “unacceptable.”

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