Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s solution to inner-city violent crime doesn’t involve empowering crime-plagued local residents with the tools they can use to defend their homes and protect their families.
Instead, our governor finds $54.5 million in our bankrupt state a month before the last gubernatorial election as part of a crime-prevention “Neighborhood Recovery Initiative“, and he gifts it in the name of violence prevention.
Some of it went to Quinn’s now-infamous “Hire A Thug” program.
Some of it went to political insiders. Insiders like the household of former Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.
Hard to believe, I know.
Take the West Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD (Sun-Times) — West Garfield Park ranks in the top 20 most violent areas on the city map.
In 2011 and 2012, the West Side neighborhood got more than $2.1 million from Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration through his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence program, state records show.
But instead of all that public money going toward quelling the shooting and other violence there, a substantial chunk of it — almost 7 percent — appears to have gone into the pocket of the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
Some of us would consider that nothing short of buying votes.