Quinn in Savoy: Take that, critics

Quinn in Savoy: Take that, critics

Governor Pat Quinn said he isn't listening to people who criticize his spending of money to help combat violence in Illinois.

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Quinn made the comments during a stop in Savoy Thursday as part of a statewide tour touting the latest statewide unemployment rate, which has hit its lowest point in six years.

Earlier this week, some Republican lawmakers demanded answers from the governor on $20 million that was in the Illinois Department of Labor's budget with what they say is only a vague description for what the money would be used for.  The lawmakers also allege that labor department has never issued a grant.  That news comes during ongoing state and federal investigations of Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Quinn said Thursday he doesn't expect support from Republicans.

Quinn added that it's important to find ways and programs to help kids stay out of trouble and help them find jobs.

The Illinois Legislative Audit Commission agreed last month to hold off on its investigation of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until the U.S. Justice Department finishes its investigation.  The commission is expected to reconvene Oct. 8.

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