Top Quinn officials put together the violence prevention program in the months before the governor stood for election in 2010 amid a spate of Chicago shootings. Then-chief of staff Jack Lavin underscored the need to move quickly in a Sept. 2 email to a top deputy, asking whether staff members could work the weekend. “Time is of the essence,” Lavin wrote.
State money that, now we hear of federal money tacked on, a lending program for people deemed bad risks by banks. Couldn’t be trusted.
In the rush to get the program launched, the Quinn administration hired a financially troubled West Side business development group to dole out loans, despite concluding the organization had recently misspent state grant funds.
The group, Chicago Community Ventures did not make a single loan, but was allowed to keep more than $150,000 when the contract was…
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