Nation & World | Thousands got Illinois-subsidized jobs _ but who? | Seattle Times Newspaper

Posted: March 14, 2011 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

By JOHN O’CONNOR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In 2006, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he would give poor teens eight-week summer jobs on community service and highway beautification projects. Thousands of youths, he said, got the state-subsidized posts over the next three years.

But ever since, state officials have refused to say who those young people were, so there’s no way to verify the government claims. State officials can’t account for all of the participants. And they say they have no documents for the program before 2008.

Now federal prosecutors are also asking questions about Blagojevich’s “Summer Youth Works” initiative. The Associated Press has obtained a copy of a federal subpoena seeking records from the state Department of Human Services related to the initiative.

In a state where clout, influence and corruption have long played a role in public affairs, the AP has been attempting to uncover information confirming that the tax dollars were spent as promised – but state officials have declined, citing the privacy of those on public assistance and the lack of records.

via Nation & World | Thousands got Illinois-subsidized jobs _ but who? | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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