Legislation establishing new rules for grants signed by Quinn

CHICAGO - Legislation that overhauls the state's grant oversight and accountability process has been signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

On Wednesday, Quinn's office announced that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.  According to Quinn, it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications, as well as making those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.

The law was signed after questions arose when an audit found misused money for a discontinued anti-violence program.

Republicans say Quinn used the money from the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative as a political slush fund to secure votes.  Quinn denies that claim.

In a news release, Quinn said that what happened with the program "was unacceptable and should never happen at any state agency."

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