SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he didn't know a Cook County politician's husband -- hired to oversee millions of dollars for an anti-violence program -- was convicted of writing bad checks.
The Democratic governor said Tuesday he found reports about Benton Cook III in the Chicago Sun-Times "troublesome."
The newspaper reported Cook pleaded guilty in 1999 to writing more than $3,700 in bad checks. He's the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
Cook oversaw Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative for a not-for-profit called the Chicago Area Project.
A February state audit found "pervasive" mismanagement in the program.
Quinn says his office began an internal review of grants to the Chicago Area Project last weekend.
A legislative commission also voted Tuesday to grant itself subpoena powers to investigate the program.