The Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that aides to Gov. Pat Quinn worried that grants made to groups with ties to 29th Ward Ald. Deborah Graham would become a political issue.
The non-profit announced Thursday in a press release Dr. André Hines’ departure. Christopher Jackson, the agency’s chief financial officer since 2012, will serve as interim CEO.
Meetings are being held this week for applicants interested in working for Mentoring Plus Jobs.
Five of the alderman’s challengers want some of the money returned because groups with ties to the Chicago City Council member received it.
The state funding, part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, will go for anti-violence efforts. Austin is one of more than 20 Chicagoland communities to receive the money.