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State pays $498,351 on subpar study; skips free, better option

Illinois Rep. David Reis R-Willow Hill speaks reporters during news conference oil drilling Illinois state Capitol Wednesday May  28

Illinois Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, speaks to reporters during a news conference on oil drilling in Illinois at the state Capitol on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Springfield. Reis said that legislation that would have jump started hydraulic fracturing in Illinois doesn't have enough votes to move forward. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) ORG XMIT: ILSP113

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Updated: July 23, 2014 6:43AM

The state spent almost half a million dollars on a flawed study of Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence program — the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative — after officials rejected a more rigorous evaluation that would have been free, auditors say. The $498,351 study by the University of Illinois at Chicago didn’t even examine whether the program helped reduce violence, according to Auditor General William Holland’s office....READ MORE

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