Clerk's spouse earned $146K from troubled program - New York News

Clerk's spouse earned $146K from troubled program

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CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

SEE: Cook County IG to investigate Circuit Court Clerk, husband

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Benton Cook received $146,401 in salary and benefits from a state grant for his work with the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood. The neighborhood received $2.1 million over two years from the effort.

Cook says he worked for the program, but didn't receive that much money.

An audit of the $55 million initiative released in late February questioned expenditures claimed by service providers.

Quinn's office says the state had no role or involvement in Cook's hiring and issues raised by the audit were fixed more than a year ago.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times

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