Program backed by Illinois Gov. Quinn probed

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 3:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking for information related to an anti-violence program championed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Brad Hahn, spokesman for the Illinois comptroller, says the U.S. Justice Department called the comptroller's office in March to ask for details related to the program. Hahn declined to give further details.

Quinn's office says it has not been contacted but supports the investigation.

The details of what federal officials are seeking about the program haven't been made public. The comptroller's office pays the bills for the state.

Illinois has a long history of corruption. Quinn's two predecessors as governor, Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, were both convicted of corruption and imprisoned.

Quinn, a Democrat, faces a tough re-election battle with wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner this year.

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