A measure in the Illinois Senate would prevent elected officials from promoting new programs and grants before an election.
The proposal is in response to an audit of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative or NRI. Former Gov. Pat Quinn started the $50 million anti-violence program shortly before the 2010 election.
Republican Sen. Darin LaHood calls the program a "failure." He, along with the auditor general, say the program lacked proper oversight.
"How do we make government and this program more effective, efficient, accountable and ethically sound?" he asked.