The Legislative Audit Commission resume our investigation of the original NRI program now that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois has informed us that he does not object to the Audit Commission resuming public hearings on the NRI.
In August, U.S. Attorney James Lewis had requested that the commission delay its investigation for 90 days so as not to interfere with federal investigators.
One of the witnesses subpoenaed by the Audit Commission has also said she will testify. Barbara Shaw, the former director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority has informed the audit commission that she will comply with a subpoena issued before the hearings were placed on hold. She is considered to be a key witness and has firsthand knowledge of the preparation and roll-out of the $54.5 million grant program that is now under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Springfield and Chicago.
The Legislative Audit Commission hearings will be Oct. 8-9, at the Bilandic State Office Building in Chicago. The Oct. 8 hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m. in room Room C-600, and to continue the next day beginning at 9 a.m.