In the latest development in the ongoing saga of a controversial anti-violence initiative launched by Governor Quinn, a special bipartisan auditing commission is expected to decide June 23 whether or not to seek a subpoena to compel the former director of the program to testify.
The Legislative Audit Commission Subcommittee on Subpoenas is considering if they should subpoena Barbara Shaw, former director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA).
The Legislative Audit Commission is currently reviewing an audit from Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland on Governor Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI). The audit found that the NRI was “hastily implemented” by Quinn’s office just before the election in 2010. It was supposed to combat an epidemic of violence in Chicago, but the audit found the program failed to target the most violent neighborhoods, aldermen were able to influence where the grant money went, and it lacked proper oversight.
The NRI was operated by the IVPA, under Shaw’s direction, during the time period covered by the audit. Several recent media reports have quoted an attorney for Shaw in saying that she likely wouldn’t testify without a subpoena.