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Ministers: Panel should allow feds to investigate

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CHICAGO (AP) - A group of Chicago ministers says a legislative panel probing Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled 2010 anti-violence program should let federal investigators conduct their investigation.

The Legislative Audit Commission could call witnesses Wednesday to testify, even though they've been asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to hold off temporarily.

Quinn started the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in 2010 to help target Chicago violence. However, critics have called it a political slush fund.

Quinn denies that claim, as did the ministers on Wednesday. Quinn says he addressed problems, which a state audit has detailed.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger (FLAY'-gur) told reporters Wednesday that the hearing is political theater. His St. Sabina (suh-BEYE'-nuh) Church received money through the program but later returned unused funds.

He says neighborhood programs are getting a bad rap.

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