Quinn Anti-Violence Spending Didn't Pull Big VotesCHICAGO (AP) - An analysis shows Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program, which critics have called a "political slush fund," didn't do him much good in his 2010 campaign.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that its study found that in Chicago neighborhoods where the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative's $54 million was spent, voter turnout for Quinn and his running mate Sheila Simon in 2010 was 2 percent higher than it was for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Quinn four years earlier. Turnout improved by 1.9 percent in neighborhoods that didn't get NRI funding.
The difference was a bit more in the suburbs. The paper found that voter turnout improved in areas that got NRI money by 3.8 percent compared to a 1.8 percent increase in suburban areas that didn't get any NRI money.
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