The Illinois attorney general is investigating the fate of a $100,000 grant that Barack Obama, then a state senator, awarded to a neighborhood group back in 2001. The money was meant to pay for a botanic garden in Englewood, a neighborhood of Chicago.
If you guessed by now that the garden never blossomed, you're right. The Chicago Sun-Times broke the story this morning.
According to the Sun-Times, $65,000 from the grant went to the wife of the head of the Chicago Better Housing Association -- a man who had volunteered on Obama's unsuccessful House campaign in 2000. The paper says another $25,000 went to a construction firm set up by the man's wife.
The story cites a spokeswoman for the attorney general, saying that the probe is focused on the the housing association's tax status and use of the money, not on Obama's role in awarding the grant.