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NRI grants didn’t fuel vote gains for Quinn, Sun-Times analysis finds

Governor PQuinn speaks about benefits new Mariano store for announcement new Mariano's grocery store corner 87th Lake Shore Dr. July

Governor Pat Quinn speaks about the benefits of the new Mariano store for the announcement of a new Mariano's grocery store at the corner of 87th and Lake Shore Dr., July 9th, 2014, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 19, 2014 8:05PM

Republicans repeatedly have called Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program from 2010 a “political slush fund” and a taxpayer-funded, get-out-the-vote effort. But if the anti-violence program’s design truly was about investing public dollars to gin up enough votes for Quinn to win his election that year, a new, first-of-its-kind analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times found the alleged strategy may not have delivered as planned. . . .READ MORE

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